Our theme this week: It's National Poetry month (at least for the USA). Let's search out stamps of poets or stamps that show quotes from poems or something related to poetry. Interpret this broadly.
I'll admit I don't have the following stamps at hand but I am going to purchase them soon!
A new issue from the US Postal Service:
10 well known US poets from the twentieth century, including one of my favorites, Wallace Stevens. I'll bet there are already arguments in academic circles about these choices. I understand why Ezra Pound isn't here - but no Robert Frost (too popular?) no Marianne Moore? [Edited to add: if I knew my stamp issues better, I would know that these two have already been on US stamps!!! Oops!] Anyhow it's great they are on stamps and maybe it will raise awareness of these poets and poetry in general.
One of my favorite poems by Wallace Stevens is The Snow Man, which I was going to quote here, but it might still be covered by copyright, so I will send you to a link at Poemhunter. Read it slowly. Interesting note: Stevens was an insurance company executive in Hartford CT, home of insurance companies, for much of his life.
Next week: No theme in particular, just post whatever you would like.
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