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!*


"A dust devil dancing in the desert"
More Nobody Than Emily
by Mary Langer Thompson

"Like a Joshua tree in the desert"
On the Death of Allen Ginsberg
April 5, 1997
by Mary Langer Thompson

"Looney as full moon nights"
Fight in Poet's Corner
by Mary Langer Thompson

Emily Bronte
On Emily's Moor
by Caroline Gill

Allen Ginsberg
Upon Going To Erica’s Office On Second Street For the First Time
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

"A swirl of dark feathers circled above"
Man of Three Cities
by Burgess Needle

Photo by Mary Randlett

In Memory of Theodore Roethke
Opening His Greenhouse
by Kay Weeks

photo courtesy of Star Black©2009

"You saw no where left to go"
by Ruth Sabath Rosenthal

Sharmagne Leland-St. John ~ Self Portrait

Sharmagne Leland- St.John
by Kristin Roedell

*Find out more about the poets by clicking on their pictures*

Emily Brontë: I'll walk where my own nature would be leading
by David Matthews

Seeing in the Dark
by Kristin Roedell
Review by Ed Bennett

Blue Water Poems
by Phibby Venables
Review by Kristin Roedell

by Tommy Gaffney

Interview with Carole Bugge
By Ed Bennett

What could be better on a spring day than tea and poetry!
Lemon Verbena-Mint Tea
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

This healthy tea-time bread is a wonderful souvenir of childhood
Banana Nut Bread
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Easy to make delights from the herb garden and orchard
Lemon Verbena Sorbet
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Sweet and tart! A wonderful combination for teatime to awaken those sleepy taste-buds
Lemon Cream-Blackberry Tartlets
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

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