Ponce De Leon poem by Edwin Markham 1925

     A poem for Juan Ponce De Leon 1513 -1925 

2013 Viva 500 la Florida.

         Viva Miami 500 Anniversary.

Juan Ponce De Leon 1513 Mural! Viva Florida<br />Edwin Markham Poem For Juan Ponce De Leon
Juan Ponce De Leon 1513 Mural! Viva Florida
Edwin Markham Poem For Juan Ponce De Leon.
Miami Art Reviews 2013
 25 yrs Anniversary of the New World Mural Recreation. 1988/ 2013
New World 1513 mural, Miami Freedom Tower.
 
The New World 1513 mural’s poem was composed by poet laureate Edwin Markham in 1925. 
It’s survives today to celebrate the State of Florida‘s Viva 500th Anniversary of 
Naming and Discovery by Juan Ponce De Leon in 1513 to which the mural was dedicated
and commissioned in 1925 by Gov. James Middleton Cox. whilst building the Daily News
Tower, which is now known as the National Land marked 
‘Freedom Tower’ Miami. MDC. Art Gallery and Museum.
 
The poem takes center stage of the mural design, encased in the central structure it reads.
 
  Here once by April breezes blown
You came, O gallant De Leon,
Sailed up this friendly ocean stream
To find the wells of ancient dream 
The fountain by the poets sung
Where life and love are ever young.
 
You found it not, O prince, and yet
The wells that made the heart forget
Are waiting here year ever here
With touch of some immortal sphere,
For here below these skies of gold
We have forgotten to grow old 
Here in this land where all the hours
Dance by us treading upon the flowers.
                                                                  Edwin Markham in 1925
       This simple rhyming seven versed, to Juan Ponce De Leon’s arrival on the North American continent and the poets satirical epigram to historical myths twists to include us all blessed with final days here under one glorious golden sky after another. Markham had written and recited the epigram for the Lincoln Memorial ceremony in 1922. His recital of his “Lincoln, Man of the People” had an immediate recognition which prompted  Gov.James Middleton Cox. to request Markham’s pen for a homage to the history of Miami, Florida and “these import moments in our distant histories.” (James Middleton Cox biography) 
          Edwin Markham was born in 1842, died 1940, educator, poet and American Institute of Arts and Letters member. 1922 Lincoln Memorial dedication “Lincoln, the Man of the People.” Nine schools named in his honor, A WW2 Liberty ship and Wagner College Horrmann Library archived collection of his personal library and letters. 
              Markham was a politically and socially conscious writer at odds with the modernists Pound and Elliot and their free form directions in literature. He his exampled as an American of Letters, whose work exemplifies the National tradition in Literature. His interested in working class struggles, ethnic troubles and equal opportunities in education made him a popular choice for composing important civic and cultural epigrams. 
 
               Other important works… The Man with the Hoe 1899, Lincoln and other Poems 1901, The Shoes of Happiness 1913,Children in Bondage 1914, California the Wonderful 1914, Gates of Paradise 1920, 80 poems at 80, 1932 and The Ballard of the Gallow’s Bird. published ph 1960.
 
                The M.D.C., Miami Freedom Tower’s New World 1513 mural at the M.D.C. has an epigram by Edwin Markham that dedicates to the discovery of the first known Native American settlement discovered by the Spanish new world explorer Juan Ponce De Leon who landed his boats only yards away on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The Markham poem takes center position of the 44 Ft. Long mural and in true epigram satire twists the fountain of youth fable to include our collective search and fragility, making the verse equal to all contemporary tastes some 90 years later. Perhaps Markham’s preference for the structured inclusion of cultural content and witt is after all a more constant and enduring literary style than the more subjective modernism that surrounded his later days. His Lincoln writings have been re-read and recited as we celebrate the Man’s anniversaries again. Since the Memorial’s dedication in 1922 few writers have been able to equally express our National sentiment and admiration for the iconic President Lincoln and so the poets words continue to serve.
 
Florida History 1513
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MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL 2012 29th Edition. 2012

 

MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL 2012  29th Edition.
By William Mark Coulthard
Photography by Ana Bikic
Edited By Ana Bikic

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International Book Fair 2012

The Argentine Consulate brought a great selection of their authors. Great effort by the Consulate to promote Argentina’s wealth of literary talent. I also enjoyed talking with the Vermont College Of Fine Arts who were representing their student and professor published works on a hide variety of topics including essays on the importance of art critics to correlate values both financial and aesthetic.
International Book Fair 2012
International Book Fair 2012 at MDC
 Sunday was wet and windy at times but the children’s section was busy all day long, the students dressed as literary characters were everywhere bringing even wider smiles.  The Miami Book Fair International was presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre, MDC downtown campus Miami Nov 11 – 18 .  2013 will be the Fair’s 30th anniversary edition. If they just repeat this year’s format again it will be a great success.

Miami Freedom Tower Mural

Freedom Tower Museum Art Gallery

Freedom Tower Miami Mural
Freedom tower Mural

The video shows many photos of the New World mural‘s making before it was hung in Miami’s Freedom Tower in 1988. The mural depicts Juan Ponce De Leon and the Tequesta Chief, spanish galleons,mermaids and the new known world. The mural celebrates the date 1513 and Miami as the first discovered settlement by the Spanish explorers. 2013 is Florida’s 500th Anniversary of this historic. You are invited to watch the video and read further on the website. Many residents of Miami Dade County are waiting to see how the MDC, National Landmark Freedom Tower’s  New World 1513 Mural will be presented as a main celebrative art work for the Florida Quincentennial Anniversary in 2013. Some of the artists are still based in South Florida and they are still working towards bringing awareness about this important historic date for our South Florida community, State and Nation too.

The Freedom Tower is open to the Public and it is free to visit the mural that hangs in the main hall. Enquires for the artists can be made through the website or  786 239 0126 to leave a message.

http://www.floridahistory1513.com/

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