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! 

"I am silent not out of writer's block"
Flowers on Adrienne Rich's Grave
by Mira N. Mataric

"She placed them in a wooden box"
Lucille Clifton
by Ann MacKenzie

"An essence of you lives on"
ode to William Shakespeare
by Cindy M. Hutchings

"Lent light to shadows"
by Candace Turner

"Tell me"
by Ralph Murre

"We poets treasure the gift she gave"
by Michael Escoubas

"Trumpeting far into the ages"
In Honor of Giovanni Malito
by Ellaraine Lockie

Button Poetry proudly presents
Mahogany L. Browne

From the Deep South
Jasmine Peach Iced Tea
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to homemade tea
Ginger Tea
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Also known as "Buffalo Milk", this sweet iced tea is a perfect tea party favourite
Thai Iced Tea
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Click on the individual pictures for photo credits and to learn about the poet for whom the poem was written.


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