“Here upon earth there is life, and then death,
Dawn, and later nightfall,
Fire, and the quenching of embers:
But why should I not remember that my night is dawn in another part of the world,
If the idea fits my fancy?”
John Gould Fletcher

John Gould Fletcher

John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950) was an American writer about art and a poet. He was the first Southern poet to win a Pulitzer Prize, according to poets.org. At one point, he moved to England, where he was acquainted with writer Ezra Pound and later returned to Arkansas where he lived with his wife, children’s book author Charlie May Simon.

(Read about Ezra Pound’s literary landmark in Idaho here: https://authoradventures.org/trails/by-state/idaho/pound-ezra.

Fletcher Library

The Johnswood home of John Gould Fletcher and Charlie May Simon was under consideration for historical landmark status, but it does not appear to be open to the public. However, a public library in Central Arkansas was named for John Gould Fletcher. It is at 823 North Buchanan Street in Little Rock.

The poetry of John Gould Fletcher

To read poetry by Fletcher and other poets of his day, such as the better known D.H. Lawrence, go to www.gutenberg.org and select the Some Imagist Poets e-book. Then see page 39 to read a poem he wrote about London.

©Author Adventures

The John Gould Fletcher Library is the fourth stop on our Arkansas Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart