The Beat: Linda Parsons and William Butler Yeats

Knox Pods

Jul 27 2022 • 8 mins

Linda Parsons holds a BA and an MA in English from the University of Tennessee. She's the poetry editor for Madville Publishing and the copy editor for Chapter 16, the literary website of Humanities Tennessee. Parsons has published poems in The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Chattahoochee Review, Southern Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, and Shenandoah, among others. Her fifth poetry collection is Candescent, which was published by Iris Press in 2019. She has received grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Knoxville Arts Council, was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2011, and she’s won the Tennessee Writers Alliance award in poetry, among other awards and honors.

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) was born in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to writing poetry, Yeats was also a playwright; he wrote 26 plays that were performed by the Irish Literary Theatre. He was politically outspoken, and, beginning in 1922, he served six years as a senator in the Irish Free State. He’s considered by many to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.


Read "Midsummer"

Read "Everywhere and Nowhere at Once"

Read "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

Linda Parsons

Candescent at Iris Press

Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation

Two poems at

"Therapy Dog" at Verse Daily

Two poems at Vox Populi

William Butler Yeats

Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation

Bio and poems at

Hear more W.B. Yeats poems at The Poetry Archive

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