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!


Sylvia Plath
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Allen Ginsberg
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Virginia Woolf
Rite of Passage
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Emily Dickinson
by David Matthews


Carl Sandburg
by J Brian Long



Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton in Cuba
by Margarita Engle



Mark Strand
Looking For Mark Strand
by Ellen



Marina Tsvetaeva
Line Endings
by Esther Altshul Helfgott


Robert Creeley
A Poem for Robert Creeley
by Carlos Reyes


Edna St. Vincent Millay
Only the Light

by Marion Menna



Robert Frost
Song for Robert Frost
by Harry Furness


Richard Wilbur
Wilbur's Lies
by Connie Walle


Sylvia Plath
It Lingers
by Amelia Glebocki



Pier Paolo Pasolini
un ragazzo di vita
by Peter Humphreys



Denise Levertov
How I Photographed Denise Levertov
by Kath Abela Wilson


Hafiz of Shiraz
liquid song (for Hafiz)
by Mary Frances Spencer


For you, April was the cruelest month
Portrait of T.S. Eliot
by Carol Bugge


G. M. Hopkins
by Nancy Shiffrin



  Welcome springtime with this exotic dish
Guacamole and Caviar Dip
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

A rich, slow-cooked bean stew or casserole originating in the southwest of France.
Cassoulet de Toulouse
from the international kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Treat your guests to a live lettuce salad with a delicate Tarragon Vinaigrette
Testa di Insalata Viva
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Savour the delicate flavors in this frosty dessert
Pear Sorbet
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John



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