Saturday, November 19, 2011
By Tierra Negra, Courier Correspondent
A few years ago, before denying the visas for my children you took the time to call me in order to find out more about our situation. I am almost certain that you not only granted those last tourist visas, making it possible for us to reunite again for a whole summer but, you probably were the one that recommended my case to be revisited because I cannot find any other explanation that would have expedited my asylum petition stagnated since the tragic incident of September 11th.
I made an attempt to send some thank you flowers through my kids upon their return to Mexico and their belated requested visit to the consulate. Unfortunately, they were deterred by the guard who informed them that it was completely inappropriate since it would send the wrong message to whoever would notice this gesture.
John Orley Allen Tate (November 19, 1899 - February 9, 1979) was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1944.
Tate was born near Winchester, Kentucky to John Orley Tate, a businessman, and Eleanor Parke Custis Varnell. In 1916 and 1917 Tate studied the violin at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
He began attending Vanderbilt University in 1918, where he met fellow poet Robert Penn Warren. Warren and Tate were invited to join a group of young Southern poets under the leadership of John Crowe Ransom; the group were known as the Fugitive Poets and later as the Southern Agrarians. Tate contributed to the group's magazine The Fugitive and to the agrarian manifesto I'll Take My Stand published in 1930, and this was followed in 1938 by Who Owns America? Tate also joined Ransom to teach at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Read Allen Tate’s 1938 "Commentary on his 'Ode to the Confederate Dead.'"