Yes, it’s true.
The United States Post Office likes poetry. They like poetry so much that they have designed stamps to immortalize ten great 20th century poets.
If you’re like us, the romanticism of writing “old fashioned” letters has not been lost. Perhaps we are the last generation to consider paying almost half a dollar to send a crisply folded piece of yesterday’s history into the future. If so, we’re sure you’ll feel comforted to know that your new correspondence stock will be ushered through the United States Postal Service with the…ahem…stamp of approval from Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. E. Cummings, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams.
In one TSHS member’s awe and covetousness, she departed the Post Office with two sheets of twenty Twentieth-Century Poets (Forever). After coming home, she turned the sheets over to see snippets of some of their best-loved poems. Ah, summer, ah letters! Here’s to your letter writing on bright blue days and nights full of cicadas:
This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
About the Author: Abigail Browning
Abigail Browning, Founder and Managing Editor, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, received her MFA in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Abigail has poems either published or forthcoming in the Yemassee Journal Online, The Greensboro Review, Linebreak, and RHINO Poetry. In addition, she was honored to receive the Amon Liner Poetry Award, the Noel Callow/Academy of American Poets’ Prize, and was a finalist for the Linda Flowers NC Arts Prize. She also has a passion for jazz music and dance, and teaches swing-era dances in her free time: www.abigailbrowning.com. Currently, she is studying Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media as a PhD at NC State in Raleigh, NC.