Postal Service Does Adorable/Esoteric Thing, Makes Forever Stamps In Honor Of Poets
You know who's got it worse than publishers these days? Postal employees. Not only are they dealing with competition from, you know, email, but they're also wrangling with the atrocious inefficiencies that come along with being run by the U.S. government. So literary nerds and booklovers should be sympathetic to their plight...and do their civic duty by purchasing some of these adorable "Forever" stamps emblazoned with the faces of famous poets. Awwww.
Of course, the Forever stamp is actually kind of worse for the USPS, because the price doesn't change, and thus, they don't make a lot of money on them. But until the postal folks figure out something that could actually drive revenue (like sponsored stamps that are basically paid advertising. Or possibly losing fewer packages and making the lines in their brick-and-mortar locations less agonizing), making Forever stamps with cute stuff that people like on it will just have to do. Like poets. Who doesn't want to send Gwendolyn Brooks across the country on their much-overdo thank-you cards?
Brooks is in good company--USPS actually did a fairly decent-ish job of picking a diverse range of folks (there's more than one Person of Color, so...small victories). The other nine poets being featured are as follows: Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, E. E. Cummings, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williamson.
And hey, for your convenience, they offer online ordering.
Image via the USPS
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