Tuesday, April 3, 2007
It's the little things/stamps
I love stamps. I don't collect them, but I do enjoy seeing what's new at the P.O. I particularly love this trio of new stamps because they represent three of my interests, jazz, food, and poetry. I'm especially pleased with the Longfellow stamps. I've been waiting for a Longfellow renaissance. He is the poet of my childhood. In elementary school, we did a musical version of Hiawatha, with those wonderful words and some of the most beautiful tunes. "By the shores of Gitchee Gumee, by the shining Big-Sea-Water, stood the wigwam of Nokomis, daughter of the moon, Nokomis." I still remember whole phrases. And of course, The Children's Hour, and Evangeline, and Paul Revere's Ride, of which there is a drawing on the stamp. This was poetry! And how I loved it. I hope the stamp, and the book, The Dante Club, will help bring him back into the consciousness of new readers.