Phyllis McGinley (March 21, 1905 - February 22, 1978) was an American writer of children's books and poet about the positive aspects of suburban life.
McGinley was born in Ontario, Oregon. At age 3, her family moved to Colorado, and on to Ogden, Utah after her father died.
She studied at the University of Southern California and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, ... more »
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- Daniel at Breakfast
- Sunday Poetry: Ballade of Lost Objects
- The 5:32
- Daylight Savings Time
- Reflections at Dawn
- Ode to the end of Summer
- First Lesson
- The Angry Man
- Intimations of Mortality
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Kindness is a virtue neither modern nor urban. One almost unlearns it in a city. Towns have their own beatitude; they are not unfriendly; they offer a vast and solacing anonymity or an equally vast an...Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "A Garland of Kindness," The Province of the Heart (1959).
Who could deny that privacy is a jewel? It has always been the mark of privilege, the distinguishing feature of a truly urbane culture. Out of the cave, the tribal tepee, the pueblo, the community for...Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "A Lost Privilege," The Province of the Heart (1959).
Gossip isn't scandal and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shop-talk of the scientist, and the consolation of the ...Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "A New Year and No Resolutions," Woman's Home Companion (Jan. 1957).
''Please to put a nickel,Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "Dear Madam: We Know You Will Want to Contribute ...," Times Three (1960).
Please to put a dime.
How petitions trickle
In at Christmas time!''
''The Enemy, who wearsPhyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "Fourteenth Birthday," Times Three (1960).
Her mother's usual face
And confidential tone,
Has access; doubtless stares
Into her writing case
And listens on the phone.''
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