On this day in 1672 Anne Bradstreet, the first published poet of the American colonies, died. Many of her poems are conventional, but others have personality and a New World edge: "I am obnoxious to each carping tongue, / Who sayes, my hand a needle better fits. . . ." Such lines inspired John Berryman to Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, the collection which brought him first fame.