Suzzallo Library~ University of Washington ~ Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA


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.


"On their way to the sugar bowl, your fingers bump against mine"
Love in the Time of Coleridge 
by Elizabeth Iannaci

"His hands colder than the Russian winter"
When Puskin Comes To Shovel
by Elizabeth Iannaci

"He is still more beautiful than morning"
Dancing with Yesenin 
by Elizabeth Iannaci

"I spent long hours peering into darkness"
"Down cellar," said the cricket
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

"Their bells a soft song"
To a Friend at Rilke’s Grave in Raron
by Lois P. Jones

"Spruce and maples snaring the winds"
After Reading the Wild Iris 
by Marcel Aime Duclos


"A golden eagle split the clouds"
At the Reading on the Hill That Night Overlooking Colorado Springs 
by Marcel Aime Duclos

"In the quietude of morning"
The Load of Sugar Cane

by Michael Escoubas

"Louisa May slept under attic beams"
Eden 1843
By Nancy Bailey Miller

Aimless Love
(New and Selected Poems)
by Billy Collins
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Heat Signature
by Siobhán Campbell
Reveiwed by Neil Leadbeater

Publisher: Many Rivers Press
by David Whyte

Tea and Biscuits

Create your own tasty tea
Poetry Tea
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

The lightly-peppery flavour of watercress  tea sandwiches are a traditional English tea time fare
Watercress Tea Sandwiches
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland- St.John

Try these try little tarts at tea time
Cherry Tarts
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

The perfect treat to go with tea and poetry!
Victoria Sandwich
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Title Photo credit Julie Gardner
Suzzallo Library
~ University of Washington ~ Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Photo Credit: (Public Domain)

Alexander Pushkin Photo credit: Portrait by Orest Kiprensky (1827)

Sergei Yessenin Photo credit:  Unknown -

Vachel Lindsay by Victor George, Springfield, IL 1913.

Rilke: The image of Maria Ranier Rilke is in the public domain.

Louise Gluck: Portrait of Louise Gluck used for a poster promoting a reading at the Poetry Center at the Museum
of Contemporary Art in Chicago, circa 1976-77, author unknown, public domain.

Marie Howe Photo credit: SLOWKING

Wallace Stevens Photograph by Sylvia Salmi 1948

Louisa May Alcott Photo credit © George Kendall Warren (d. 1884); restored by Adam Cuerden

Billy Collins: 2015 PEN Gala, May 5, 2015,
American Museum of Natural History © Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center.

Siobhan Campbell used with permission of the poet.

David Whyte: Photo credit to David Ryder

Tea and Biscuits by Sharmagne Leland-St. John


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