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Poems about Fathers

Happy Father’s Day!  Today we’re offering a selection of poetry by, for, and about fathers.  John MacKay Shaw, a father of two, was a businessman and bibliophile with a particular interest in the literature of childhood.  He wrote this volume of poetry, entitled The Things I Want, at the request of his young children, Cathmar and Bruce, in the 1930s. Shaw’s library is now housed at the Florida State University Libraries.

"The Things I Want" by John MacKay Shaw "Teasin' Daddy" by John MacKay Shaw

Wyatt Prunty is a professor of creative writing at the University of the South, and his poem “To My Father” deals with a son watching his father struggle with disease.  This copy of the poem was produced as a broadside by the Palaemon Press.  The edition was limited to 126 copies; the Libraries’ copy is number 99 and was signed by Prunty.

"To My Father" by Wyatt Prunty

Finally, from the library of John Gneisenau Neihardt comes Father: An Anthology of Verse, published in 1931.  The anthology contains poetry both humorous and sentimental on the subject of fathers, fatherhood, children and families.  Neihardt received this book as a review copy, and the book still has its original review slip.

Father: An Anthology of Verse "An Unusual Chum" by James W. Foley Original review slip from John Neihardt's copy

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