Harold Acton Library/The British Institute, Firenze, Italy


The Academy of American Poets inaugurated National Poetry Month in April 1996 as a month-long, national celebration of poetry, whose goals include highlighting our poetic heritage and introducing more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. This issue of Quill and Parchment salutes poets past, present and future!

Click on each  photo to read about the place or poet featured in these poems.

"I broke our brittle vows with abandon and panache"
Simply Vincent 
by Doris Leuth Stengel

"When I hear that lilting Irish brogue"
When Seamus Heany Reads "St. Kevin and the Blackbird"
by Doris Leuth Stengel

"Proper as plum pudding"
Cat-Egorically Speaking
by Doris Lueth Stengel

"Spins out lines like salt water taffy"
On Hearing the Poet Laureate
by Doris Leuth Stengel

“Her cry for love and freedoms clutch”
Young and Gifted and Little Girl Blue
by John McCluskey

"No nest could hold you"
On the Wings of a Dove
by Michael Escoubas

"The sighing of the Zephyr, your silken muse"
Ugo Foscolo 
by Sharmagne Leland-St.John

"Wrap yourself in the warm shawl of sunsets"
by Michael Escoubas 

"Long after the last coals ember to ash"
Rilke's Maid, Leni at the Little Castle of Schloss Berg 
by Lois P. Jones

"Night moved to the riverbed"
To the Moon on the Subject of Darkness 
by Lois P. Jones

"His voice as soft as thighs, wistful as smoke"
Driving William
by Charles Reynard

"Beside the Great Highway a yellow moon is out"
Love Poem for Gail 
by Charles Entrekin

"We’re capable of empathy, and intense moments of joy"    
Ode to the Unbroken World, Which Is Coming
by Thomas Lux


"Fists of wind attack the few leaves left on the tree"
A Letter to Thomas Lux
By Mary Jo Balistreri

Grateful Conversations - A Poetry Anthology by Westside Women Writers
Edited by: Kathi Stafford and Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D 
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Kelsay Books Aldrich Press Proudly Presents
Pequod Poems: Gamming with Moby Dick
by Wilda Morris

Enjoy these cookies at your next Poetry Tea!
Rosemary-Lemon Sugar Cookies 
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

These "old-fashioned" cookies soft and lightly sweet  are a perfect poetry treat!
Sour Cream Softies
from the kitchen of Trudy Escoubas

A simple and foolproof frosting that tints nicely when coloured. 
Confectioner's Sugar Frosting 
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Nothing rings of spring more than lemonade and iced tea. 
The Arnold Palmer brings them together!
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Delicious inexpensive homemade tea 
Spicy Tea 
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Tea and Poetry!
Yogi Chai Tea 
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Harold Acton Library/The British Institute, Firenze, Italy by Sharmagne Leland-St.John

Edna St. Vincent Millay in Mamaroneck, NY, 1914, by Arnold Genthe

Billy Collins © Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center

Thomas Stearns Eliot by Lady Ottoline Morrell (1934).

Seamus Heany,  Sean O'Connor - Cropped from https://www.flickr.com/photos/seanoconnor365/3290653431/

Nina Simone, Photo credit: Kroon, Ron / Anefo 
December 1965
Source: Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau

Rita Dove speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona photo credit:  Gage Skidmore

Portrait of Ugo Foscolo by François-Xavier Fabre
public domain

Sharmagne Leland-St. John by Peggy Barnett

Rainer Maria Rilke (Photography, September 18, 1900) Photographer unknown

A portrait of Rilke painted two years after his death by Leonid Pasternak

WS Merwin photographer unknown from:

Photo credit for Gail Entrekin is Charles Entrekin.

Thomas Lux in Snape, Suffolk, UK. Photo credit: Jennifer Holley Lux.


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