An initiative of ASPEN (Authors' Self-Publishing Enterprise)


in Education, Personal Growth, Health, Relationships, Business and others 

Volume 4 - No. 3 -  2005



" Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life." - Aristotle


Edgar Guest did it!

If we had advertised for a poet to exemplify our mission of nurturing potential, we could have asked for no better applicant than Edgar Guest.  Unhappily he has been dead for 45 years.  Happily we can reproduce his poem It Couldn't Be Done.

Edgar Albert Guest was born in August 1881 in Birmingham, England and died in August 1959 in Detroit, USA.   His family moved to the United States in 1891.  Four years later he went to work for the Detroit Free Press as a police reporter.  He then became a writer of daily rhymes, which became so popular that they were syndicated to newspapers throughout the United States.  His books include: A Heap O' Livin' and Just Folks

Guest has been called "the poet of the people", but considered himself, as he put it, "a newspaperman who wrote verses".  He said: "I take simple everyday things that happen to me and I figure it happens to a lot of other people and I make simple rhymes out of them".

In addition to the main verse, we have added a further page with two more of Guest's poems Sermons We See and They Earned the Right.  The former has a nice touch of NLP modelling about it; the latter once again resonates with potential.

As we say below, we do not claim to be literary critics; we know what we like, and we like Edgar Guest's style that points morals in a totally unpresumptuous way.  If, like us, you enjoy what you read, you can find more of his verse at 



The editors wish to make it clear that they are not literary critics and do not presume to judge the literary merit of any of the contributions received for this section.  They simply publish verse that they like and that they consider to have merit within the context of Nurturing Potential.

Martial said: "He does not write at all whose poems no man reads."  And to Wilson Mizner is attributed "Poets are born, not paid".

Our contributors would be delighted to receive feedback on their verse, whether praising or damning, because all feedback is positive and the evidence that the work has been read will be payment enough.  Comments by e-mail please to  

And how about sending us some poetry of your own?