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of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

September 9, 2010

Sept. 9, 1886

John Hall Wheelock is the American poet who won the Bollingen Prize in 1962. He was born on September 9, 1886. Though his reputation has an aura of the antique, he was one of the first to recognise the genius of James Dickey. His poem "Panther, Panther" appeared in Scribner's Magazine in 1921.

There is a panther caged within my breast,
But what his name there is no breast
shall know Save mine, nor what it is that drives him so,
Backward and forward, in relentless quest:
That silent rage, baffled but unsuppressed,

Well enough of that.

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