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!

Please click on the poet’s individual photos to learn more about them.


"A long, slow rain, a kind that may never end"
Mary Oliver Wants to Die When it's Raining
by Lenora Rain-Lee Good

"I want Lucille’s talent"
Her Hips
by Lenora Rain-Lee Good

"It sounded like a very good idea"
Dear Lucille Clifton
by Lenora Rain-Lee Good

"I know who I want to be when I grow up"
Dear Lucille Clifton, Letter Number 3
by Lenora Rain-Lee Good

"The shadows of sugar maples growing longer"
In Homage to William Butler Yeats
by Sheri Lindner

"They flutter like small brown birds"
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

"A  lover of silk, and words, and your breath"
by Anne Tammel

"It looks and smells of something dead"
by Carl Palmer

"You become a chorus of bluebells singing in morning mist"
Remembering Jane Kenyon, 1947-1995
by Michael Escoubas

"Let me tell you of April"
T.S. Eliot Be Damned
by Mark Fleisher

"In workshop, other writers pick and gnaw"
The Mentor
by MFrostDelaney

"A past that haunts him like a hungry grave"
Robert Lowell shops at Sears
by Sean Lause

"My fledgling words  winged from a branch" 
Discovering Another Poet
by Kathy Lohrum Cotton

"You hiked by columbine and rose"
A Poem Stolen in Celebration
   by Paulette DemersTurco

"Geese fly low beyond the spruce"
Beyond Planet's Breadth 
by Marcel Aime Duclos

"She's always young as porcelain"
Casting for the Cutthroat
by Charles Entrekin

"Your black and blue babushka twirled into a turban, high Bohemian style"
The Red Lacquer Room--for Lynda Hull
by Christine Swanberg

"We  will look for forsythia waking up to flower in April"
Circles of Light
by Bakul Banerjee

"Her life followed a sorrowful path"
Clerihew for Sylvia
by Mark Fleisher

"Like a flag unfurled"
Homage to Omar Khayyam
by Richard Greene

Ekphrastic Prompt For May 2021

Reflections: Life, the River, and Beyond
by Tarweed Poets, Jim Bumgarner, Lenora Good and Jim Thielman
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Pick Your Own
by Amanda Bonnick
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater

In Search of the Owl—A Memoir
by Jean Sidinger
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Publisher: Cyberwit
IMAGES: A Collection of Ekphrastic Poetry
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Publisher: Golden Foothills Press
When the Virus Came Calling
Edited by Thelma T. Reyna

The perfect palate cleanser in between all those sweets! 
Lime Sorbet with Ginger-Lime Sauce
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

These scones are perfect when you're rich in overripe bananas 
Banana Scones
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

The word 'Rout' means a large convivial gathering, where these biscuits would have been served. 
English Rout Biscuits
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

These colourful sandwiches are perfect for afternoon poetry tea
Harlequin Finger Sandwiches
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Are you salivating yet? 
Your guests will be when you serve this with tea
Lemon-Ginger Cheesecake Bars
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Photo of Lucille Clifton: (
Fair use

Yeats photographed in 1903 by Alice Boughton

Portrait of Anaïs Nin in the 1970s by Elsa Dorfman

Edgar Allen Poe: By Unknown author; Restored by Yann Forget and Adam Cuerden - Derived from File:Edgar Allan Poe,
circa 1849, restored.jpg; originally from, Public Domain,

Jane Kenyon by  Ken Williams of the Concord Monitor.

TS Eliot in 1934 by Lady Ottoline Morrell

The most widely used portrait of Jibanananda Das (date unknown)

Rhina Polonia Espaillat: Photo credit to Alfred Moskowitz

Robert Lowell by Elsa Dorfman

Photo of Joan Colby courtesy of Illinois State Poetry Society archives

David Davis: Photo credit Wendy Davies

Rebecca Elson:

 Lynda Hull: photographer unknown

Richard Hugo: Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.

Photo of Mary Oliver by Molly Mallone Cook (original source:

Jibanananda Das photo credit:–1954).jpg#mw-jump-to-license

Sylvia Plath Photo credit:

Omar Khyyam, Artist unknown:   The original uploader was Atilin at French Wikipedia.

Sharmagne Leland-St. John Photo credit: Victor Riehl

Thelma T. Reyna photo credit: Christine Reyna

Photo credits for Tarweed Poets, Jim Bumgarner, Lenora Good and Jim Thielman by permission of the authors

photo credit: by permission of Amanda Bonnick

Jean Sidinger photo credit: Jean Sidinger


Mark Fleisher will be our Featured Poet April 2022 with a dozen or more wonderful “Clerihews”. 

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