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Resources for public domain material

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The very nature of "public domain material" means that everyone is free to use it without acknowledgement and/or permission from anyone.  The following is my acknowledgement and "thanks!", my "raising of my goblet", to those providers of FREE access to such material.   And while my gratitude is sincere, this listing is not to be interpeted as an endorsement by these entities of or any of the projects associated with this website.
- S. H. Bass  

Project Gutenberg logo Project Gutenberg.   One of my favorite sites! A non-profit, Project Gutenberg was the  first producer of free eBooks.  

The Internet Archive A non-profit, The Internet Archive is a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts (including  books) in digital form. They provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Wikipedia Wikipedia is not only an on-line encyclopedia, but a great archive of poetry and various media in the public domain.

RPO Representative Poetry Online. Representative Poetry Online is a web anthology of over 4800 poems in English and French maintained by the University of Toronto Libraries.

Google Books. Google Books is the name of a service provided by Google Inc. that searches the full texts of books and magazines. Google has successfully scanned over 20 million books for this project, including books that are still under copyright protection. Worldwide, many lawsuits have been filed against this practice as it pertains to copyrighted material scanned without the permission of the copyright holder.  The controversy continues.

For a good summary of this controversy, I suggest the Wikipedia entry for "Google Books", or, dare I say, you can just "Google it". Like a giant corporation of my youth by the name of Xerox, Google Inc.'s company name has become a verb.  History also shows us that the photocopying ("xerox-ing") of copyrighted materials has also met with much controversy.

The scanned books of Google Inc. that are in the public domain can be accessed through the Internet Archive (see above).  

Abraham Cowley Library The Abraham Cowley Text and Image Archive is a project of the University of Virginia Library.  The name of this site is description enough.

Fluer du mal. is dedicated to the French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867), and in particular to Les Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil). The definitive on-line edition of this masterwork of French literature, contains every poem of each edition of Les Fleurs du mal, together with multiple English translations — most of which are exclusive to this site and are now available in digital form for the first time ever.”
 - from the homepage of

Ellas Wheeler Wilcox
American Poet & Journalist & Free Thinker
(November 5, 1850 - October 30, 1919)

The above is the heading to be found at, a site of the Ella Wheeler Wilcox Society.  

American Memory. The Library of Congress. American Memory contains "the electrical collection from the National Digital Library", a project of the LIbrary of Congress  - USA.  It contains documents, pictures, recordings . . . a bunch of neat stuff!  The various government archives are a great source for browsing and research.   Anything created by the the U.S. government and/or it employees while performing the duties of a government official, are in the public domain.

LibriVox is a site dedicated to providing FREE audio books of        materials in the public domain.  Through volunteer readers,            editors, and proof-listeners, these folks provide an invaluable service to literature lovers everywhere.  Recordings from this site were used in the making of the videos of Someone (OK - it was me) once said " Whether it be a sonata or a sonnet, music and poetry touch us on the same level. With poetry, we find that the words are the music.  With music, we find poetry without words."  (from "Notes" at The Thyrusus: To Franz Litszt by Charles Baudelaire)

provides FREE sound recordings of music that is in the public domain.  Many a producer of television and cinema have made use of this site.  Music from Musopen enhances the videos at  

Poetry Sites Worth Visiting

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     The following sites are not-for-profit organizations dedicated the promotion of poetry in our society.  They were an invaluable source for my re-education about poetry and provided many hours of fun "browsing" as this project progressed.  I highly recommend them!
        My recommendation of these sites should not be construed to be an endorsement by these organizations of or any of the projects associated with this website.
-S. H. Bass    

The Poetry Foundation The Poetry Foundation is the publisher of Poetry magazine. The Poetry Foundation is “an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.”  

This is a great site for experiencing a wide range of poetry, including the poets of our day.  Audio and video renderings can be found here, as well as a Poetry magazine archive, which includes issues dating back to the early 20th Century. from the Academy of American Poets This site, operated by The Academy of American Poets, was invaluable resource for my re-education on poetic styles and types, as well as a great escape from the tedium of research. It also features the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings of poets reading their works dating back to the 1960's.

The Poetry Archive From the UK, The Poetry Archive is another resource for my re-education and entertainment. This site is dedicated to providing audio recordings of poets reading their work.

Wine Industry Links



Wine Writers:  Websites, Journals, and Blogs

Flavorful World: A Food, Wine, and Spirits Blog  is the creation of Anthony Beal, an articulate and credentialed observer of all things "flavor-filled" in our world.  With insightful essays, photographs, original recipes, interviews . . . FlavorfulWorld.Com is gaining a reputation as a top-notch food and adult beverage blog. 
   The writing talent of Anthony Beal is also on display here at, where we are proud to present a few of his wine poems.

 BOTTLED POETRY: Verses from the Vine
vinted and bottled by Stephen H. Bass

Open Source Software

The following software  programs are available FREE for use of the general public.  I gladly bring them to your attention and solicit your support for these organizations.  
(Descriptions are taken from sites)
- S. H. Bass
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Easy Web Authoring!

"KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.

"KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding."


GNU Image Manipulation Program

 "GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

"It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

"GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted."

"Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds."

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