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!



"Making love between the lines"
Portrait of Gerald Stern
by Paul Hostovsky

"She reminded me of his best poems"
My Lunch with Tony Hoagland
by Paul Hostovsky

"Like the leg of a schoolboy dying to raise his hand"
Workshop with Stephen Dunn
by Paul Hostovsky

"Beside the white water lilies"
To Lisa Jarnot’s Lake of Fire
by Felicia Zamora


"Soft as the hairs of a milkweed seed"
On a Lock of Hair
by George Held

"Trying to embrace the moon"
Even His Death
by William Taylor

"Each seed on its own parachute"
Stafford’s Poems
by Wilda Morris

By: Sharmagne Leland-St. John
Review by:  Karen Schwartz

The Coastliners:
the Other Generation of the 50's
By Mel Weisburd

Quotes from your favourite poets
The ABCs of Poetry — Poets and Writers on Poetry and the use of Language
compiled by Sharmagne Leland-St John


A recipe for relaxation from kitchen to bath
Bath Tea Bags
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

A make it yourself comforting tea
Ginger Herbal Tea
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Here's a sweet recipe
Just for you!
Candied Violets
From the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

This mysterious taste will stump your tea party guests!
Lavender Cream Scones
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St.John

No cream tea is complete without
Crème Fraîche
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

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