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.
We invite the readers of Quill and Parchment to help us celebrate National Poetry Month 2008 by submitting poems for our April issue about the poets who make up our heritage and inspire in us the love of poetry. [submission guidelines]. While National Poetry Month focuses on the legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, we welcome poems from all cultures and literary traditions.
Chaucer portrayed April as a time of sweet showers, when the west wind inspires tender crops and small birds make melody. Join us in adding the pleasures of poetry to this list of bounties April brings.


"Your skin will know the names of all my teeth"
I Told You I Would Write This Goddamn Poem
by Amber Leffler

"I paint myself with lipstick trickery"
Infatuation vs. Entropy
by Amber Leffler

"These jottings, too, will slide to dust"
What Lasts
by Amber Leffler

"How I envy the pillow you slept upon"
Cradle of Dreams
by Kay Caputi


"Our bodies speaking in code"
Upon Waking
by Becca Yenser

  "Ask me anything"
In Her Eyes
by Gregory O'Neill

"The lullaby of my womb"
The Ring
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

" A meadow full of baby’s breath"
New Beginnings
by Karen Schwartz

"Be my Valentine"
By Carlos Reyes

"I said your heart"
Blood Orange
by Terry Olynik

By Barbara Crooker
Review By Mary Jo Balistreri




Memory and Poetry
by David Matthews


It's difficult to imagine spaghetti without  garlic bread
Garlic Bread Supreme
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

One of the best-loved Italian dishes
Bolognese Sylbert
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John and Richard Sylbert

Finish the meal with an authentic Italian biscotti
Biscotti alla Nocciole (Hazelnut Biscotti)
From the kitchen of Janet Leister and Daniele Barbero 



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