Get Yer 20th-Century Poets… On a stamp!

Beginning in 2012, you can start putting 20th-century poets on your postage. That is, if you still use postage. The poets (listed below) will be part of the Postal Service’s Forever stamp collection. As you may know, Forever stamps can be used at any point in the future–even if (and most likely when) the rates increase after purchase.

So the burning question is: Which 20th-century poets made the cut?

Here’s the list:

  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Joseph Brodsky
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • E.E. Cummings
  • Robert Hayden
  • Denise Levertov
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Theodore Roethke
  • Wallace Stevens
  • William Carlos Williams

Of course, a list like this is bound to spur debate. So feel free to lobby for your own personal favorite poet who didn’t make the list. T.S. Eliot? Anne Sexton? Allen Ginsberg? Charles Bukowski? Umm… Robert Frost? Etc.


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