Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Poets, Poetry and Postage Stamps


USPS, Poet Postage Stamps, Maya Angelou, United States Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service announced that Dr. Maya Angelou will be honored with a Forever Stamp later this year! Our poetry community is elated to have more poets join the ranks of governmental officials, entertainers, painters, artists, inventors and military officials who previously appeared on U.S. Postage Stamps.

Dr. Maya Angelou, American author, poet, dancer, singer, Civil Rights advocate and actress, joins the ranks of other well-known poets who graced the front of a postage stamp in their honor, as Dante Alighieri, Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, Julia de Burgos, E. E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams.

We are happy that evidence proves how the importance of poetry adds value to every facet of our lives, including our mail. Thanks USPS!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What on earth is Pączki?

Pączki, Polish Doughnuts
Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pączki
What is Pączki?
By Kym Gordon Moore

Until I ran across Pączki Day, which was celebrated on Fat Tuesday, I had no earthly idea what pączki was. Rightfully so, as a southerner, unless I had Polish roots, this was not a familiar name in our pedigree. I got out my trusty dictionary and began to search the web for this term I was unfamiliar with.

Pączki (pronounced "poonchky") are Polish doughnuts that are usually full of jelly, Bavarian cream or some kind of sweet filling, topped with icing or powdered sugar. Then, I immediately thought about the lemon and raspberry filled doughnuts I get from my local Krispy Kreme. Until I am able to taste a pączki, my lemon and raspberry filled Krispy Kreme donuts are the closest palette association I have right now. So where do you find these pączki treats? Urban areas like Chicago and Detroit that have large Polish and Polish-American communities celebrate hot pączki.

Fat Tuesday, also known as Pączki Day, celebrates this fried delectable treat in preparation for the Lenten season. So now it comes down to my all important question "Is pączki served year-round or just explodes only on Pączki Day?" Inquiry minds want to know! If pączki is served in your area outside of the Midwest, please share. We are looking for any excuse to savor a delicious new treat, as we sip on our tea, whether it has Polish origins or not!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Invitation to Love by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Invitation to Love
By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Come when the nights are bright with stars
Or come when the moon is mellow;
Come when the sun his golden bars
Drops on the hay-field yellow.
Come in the twilight soft and gray,
Come in the night or come in the day,
Come, O love, whene’er you may,
And you are welcome, welcome.

You are sweet, O Love, dear Love,
You are soft as the nesting dove.
Come to my heart and bring it to rest
As the bird flies home to its welcome nest.

Come when my heart is full of grief
Or when my heart is merry;
Come with the falling of the leaf
Or with the redd’ning cherry.
Come when the year’s first blossom blows,
Come when the summer gleams and glows,
Come with the winter’s drifting snows,
And you are welcome, welcome.

Monday, February 9, 2015

What is your favorite love poem?

Love Poems, Valentine's Day, Tea & Poetry Book Club, Books about Love Poems

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and we want to know what your favorite poem about love or favorite book of love poems are. Here are 14 books of poetry that some of our members wanted to share with you:

  1. Love Poems by Pablo Neruda and Donald D. Walsh
  2. Love Poem Collection: The Greatest Love Poems of All Time by George Chityil
  3. Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing by Coleman Barks
  4. Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni
  5. Intimacies: Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda and Mary Heebner
  6. The Love Poems (Oxford World's Classics) by Ovid and A.D. Melville
  7. Love Poems by Anne Sexton and Diane Wood Middlebrook
  8. Love Poems & Sonnets of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare and Vera Bock
  9. Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
  10. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne by John Keats and Jane Campion
  11. Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Anita Barrows
  12. Erotic Poems by E. E. Cummings
  13. Love Poems : Are You The One? by Steve Ryan
  14. Love Letters in the Sand: The Love Poems of Khalil Gibran by Khalil Gibran and Lassaad Metoui

If your favorite book of love poems is not listed here, please feel free to share your special book of love poems or individual poems about love with us. Here's to LOVE & POETRY!