Phyllis McGinley

Phyllis McGinley Poems

Sunday Poetry: Ballade Of Lost Objects

Where are the ribbons I tie my hair with?
Where is my lipstick? Where are my hose -
The sheer ones hoarded these weeks to wear with

Daylight Savings Time

In spring when maple buds are red,
We turn the clock an hour ahead;
Which means, each April that arrives,
We lose an hour out of our lives.

Daniel At Breakfast

his paper propped against the electric toaster
(nicely adjusted to his morning use),
Daniel at breakfast studies world disaster

The 5:32

She said, If tomorrow my world were torn in two,
Blacked out, dissolved, I think I would remember
(As if transfixed in unsurrendering amber)

Reflections At Dawn

I wish I owned a Dior dress
Made to my order out of satin.
I wish I weighed a little less
And could read Latin.

Phyllis McGinley Quotes

11 November 2014

Of course we women gossip on occasion. But our appetite for it is not as avid as a man's. It is in the boys' gyms, the college fraternity houses, the club locker rooms, the paneled offices of business that gossip reaches its luxuriant flower.

11 November 2014

Frigidity is largely nonsense. It is this generation's catchword, one only vaguely understood and constantly misused. Frigid women are few. There is a host of diffident and slow-ripening ones.

11 November 2014

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.

Phyllis McGinley Comments

Barbara Dinerman 16 May 2018

I'm trying to find McGinley's poem about mothers - how they hand you life, like fruit, on a plate. Anyone know the title?

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Ahmad 23 June 2018

please give me criticle analysis of poem “The Adversary“

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Lori Dula 04 January 2020

I'm looking for a poem, I think about girlhood and what she wants to be; last line goes something like this: " pondered sainthood's possibility" Does anyone know this poem or its title?

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Mary Ellen Stiegemeier 21 December 2019

looking for the poem The Doll House

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Helen Williams 17 February 2019

Looking for a McGinley poem about a English Royal knitting, which has the line " and the Prince of Wales took up needle and thread.......

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Ila Bates Austin, Texas 12 February 2019

I need to locate a poem by Phyllis McGinley that starts.." Annabelle Lucy is my very best friend. She lives at the end of the block. We walk to school each day

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Jim Lindstrom 08 September 2018

Bright verse, just right to light a quiet mind- mine.

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Phyllis McGinley Biography

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.[1]

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 Univer ...

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