New Year’s Day 2021

Flowers For Socrates

“As wave is driven by wave
And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead,
So time flies on and follows, flies, and follows,
Always, forever and new. What was before
Is left behind; what never was is now;
And every passing moment is renewed.”



Elder Olson(1909-1992), American poet, teacher and literary critic. He was born inChicago, Illinois. He became a founder and leading figure of the “Chicago school” of literary criticism.In 1942, he started teaching at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor in the Department of English. In 1955 he was presented with thePoetry Society of AmericaChap-book Award. He gained full professorship in 1955 and was named Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English in 1973. His poetry collections include Thing of Sorrow, Collected Poems, and Last Poems.

To read Elder Olson’s poem, “Pavan for the New Year” click

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