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Poems by Author Unknown: Unlikely New Anthology Publishes Anonymous Poems Sent to Massachusetts Newspapers During WWII

The result of a fascinating family story, ‘Poems by Author Unknown: An anthology of poems sent in to newspaper ca World War II’ is finally being brought to the market by Nancy Behan. The book contains over fifty poems that were anonymously submitted to two Brockton, MA newspapers between 1938 and 1944. Each verse offers a vital insight into the past and is a welcomed addition to a literary world that is over-modernizing at an alarming pace.


Wells, ME -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/30/2014 -- When Nancy Behan was given a book while helping her mother downsize to a retirement community apartment, the clippings stuffing its pages first appeared to be nothing more than scrap. However, closer inspection revealed hundreds of yellow newspaper clippings and the start of a project that is now being brought to readers around the world as ‘Poems by Author Unknown: An anthology of poems sent in to newspaper ca World War II’.

After dozens of hours of diligent research, Behan discovered that the clippings were compiled by a neighbor’s grandmother, who had cut out and stored poems sent to two Brockton newspapers between 1938 and 1944. Most were written anonymously, and now have their own unique place in the nation’s wider history books.


This is an anthology of poems by unknown authors submitted by readers of a local Brockton, Massachusetts newspaper during the time period 1938 to 1944. Although the language might be considered dated, the themes ring true today. These poems are fun to read – especially aloud – and uplifting and timeless.

“These poems changed my life, so I wanted to make sure that others could cherish them too,” explains Behan. “I was inspired to compile fifty of the most powerful into the wholly-unique anthology that we see today. It was either this, or leave them in a box where they would deteriorate and ultimately be lost forever.”

Continuing, “The world is undergoing radical change, with technology now seemingly gripping everyone’s attention at all times. We have lost our traditional way of life and this book showcases how innocent and organic things used to be. It’s a vital link to the past for those who remember WWII, and a bold education for those growing up in today’s society.”

Since its release, the book has garnered a string of rave reviews. For example, one reader comments, “You are spreading lots of joy, especially to those of us who remember World War II.”

With the anthology’s popularity increasing, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.

Poems by Author Unknown: An anthology of poems sent in to newspaper ca World War II’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1ywGJtT.

About Nancy Behan
Nancy Behan is from Massachusetts and is currently living in Maine. She graduated from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a degree in Organizational Behavior. She has published work for Green Craft Magazine and The York County Coast Star. She loves reading and writing poetry and is a craft re-purposing enthusiast.