Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America


This day in 1672, Anne Bradstreet died.

America’s first published poet, married at 16,

off to the New World to write

about her husband, children, God – this woman

eventually discontent with her Puritan woman’s life.



Her first and only volume of poetry was The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, published in England in 1650. Her poems received a positive reception in both the Old World and the New World.



Anne Bradstreet Memorial N Andover Cem.jpg
Memorial marker for Anne Dudley Bradstreet in the Old North Parish Burial Ground,
North Andover, Massachusetts
” by  Sarnold17
Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


After hearing the learn’d poets

read their poems about the Passaic River

and the Paterson Great Falls, both nearby,

I wandered off by myself to the falls.

The mystical moist air was real, not poetic.

Visitors in perfect silence breathing the rainbow.


falls and rainbow

Inspired by the poems from The Great Falls poetry anthology,
Walt Whitman’s  “When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer
and the Paterson Great Falls in New Jersey.