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 each photo to learn about the poets who inspired each poem.


"he Cascade violets have been in bloom for weeks"
Dear Li Po
by Michael Feld Simon

"His poem about a white glove"
So Who Was She?
by Michael Feld Simon

"Seasons are rivers we seldom notice until they flood"
Loaf Like Whitman Intoxicated
by Michael Feld Simon

"She was  running a comb through her coal black hair"
The Murder of Bess
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

"Those first thoughts slip away like lilies on a marshy pond"
The Beginning
by CJ Rakay

"When you run out of words for the blues"
Haven't You Ever Wanted  To Use The Word Indigo?
by Lyn Lifshin

"Easing a night’s slow break to day"
Before First Light–an Acrostic Golden Shovel
by Paulette Demers Turco

"His round eyeglasses reflecting infinities"
by Lana Hechtman Ayers

"The space of silence opens over us"
Keep Trying
by Laura Foley

"You knew about happiness"
Poet of Common People: Remembering Carl Sandburg

by Michael Escoubas

"Could this toss all my unbelief"
When Dreams Betray
by MFrostDelaney

"Off I went with poems in my head"
I Knew an Old Lady and She Died 
by Judy Clarence

"You took refuge in poetry"
by Marcel A. Duclos

"Freedom to be, to say, to think, to feel"
All I Really Need …
by Elayne Clift

"We stopped for scones and sipped tea"
An Adventure with Annie
by Jack Horne

"The thrush sang all day as he always sings"
Days of Dorothy
by Andrea Potos

"Centuries of stone are speaking"
Marlowe and  the School of Night
by Geoffrey Heptonstal

"He appears calm and radiant among alpine conifers"
Encountering William Stafford
Along an Alpine Trail

by Tracy Mitchell

"I bless you with undying forgiveness"
To My Beloved
by Carole Mertz

"Intelligible thoughts without lofty vocabulary"
by Jim Wilkerson

"Gus, the dog, still brings you her white slipper"
Letter to Donald Hall
by Lori Levy

"Before his stories were retold in common speech"
An Axe’s Tale
by Bob Moore

Poetry Prompt For May 2024

Ekphrastic Prompt for May 2024

"Treetops" ~ Laurel Canyon ~ Hollywood ~ California

Silent Marshes
by Tom Moran
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Blues, Prayers, & Pagan Chants
by Diane Sahms
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater

The Streitmatter’s Journey to America
by Clay Johnson
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Hunting for Shark’s Teeth–Poems
by Renee Butner
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Huntington Gardens ~ Pasadena ~ California 

Publisher: Many Rivers Press
The Seven Streams: An Irish Cycle
by David Whyte

Publisher: Grayson Books
Slow Wreckage: Poems
by Barbara Crooker

Publisher: Kelsay Books
How I Went into the Woods
Poems by Lennart Lundh

The famous City Lights Bookstore
where the Beat Poets used to hang out.

A tea with a lovely fruity and slightly tart taste
Rosehip Tea
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St.John

A poetic herbal tea pairing Lemon and Lavender for a perfect balance of bright and aromatic
Lemon~Lavender Tea
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II's favourite tea cake
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
from the kitchen of Buckingham Palace
Courtesy of Chef Darren McGrady, The Royal Chef

Moist and flavourful
Teatime Apple Muffins
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Li Bai ~ Public Domain

Charles Simic ~ Attribution

Walter Whitman Jr. ~ Public Domain


Alfred Noyes ~ Public Domain

Mark Strand ~ Attribution for image.

Edna St. Vincent Millay ~ Public Domain

W. S. Merwin ~ Creator: Jill Greenberg | Credit: Courtesy of Copper Canyon Press

John Lennon ~ Fair Use

Mary Oliver ~ Fair Use

Photo credit to: Jack Rosen, taken on November 2, 1959,
dedication of Carl Sandburg Middle School, in Levittown, PA.

University biography photo of Rhina Espaillat

David Wagoner ~ In Memoriam

Jane Kenyon ~ fair use

Virginia Woolf ~ Public Domain

Annie Jenkins  ~ Faculty photo taken by staff photographer at the University of Plymouth

Dorothy Wordsworth ~ Public Domain

Christopher Marlowe ~ Public Domain

William Stafford ~ Fair use

The Prophet Hosea ~ Public Domain

Robert Frost ~ "No copyright restriction known"

Donald Hall ~ Public Domain

Robert Frost ~ Public Domain


Lamp Photo credit: Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Photo credit: Sharmagne Leland-St.John

"Treetops" ~ Laurel Canyon ~ Hollywood ~ California
Huntington Gardens ~ Pasadena ~ California 

The famous City Lights Bookstore Photo credit; Sharmagne Leland-St.John


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