18 April 2012

Forever Sylvia Plath

Saturday 21 April will see the release of the Twentieth Century Poets stamp series in the US. As we know, Plath is one of the featured poets. Taking my inspiration from the technophiles [ahem, losers] who eagerly await new devices, I will be taking off work & life in order to camp out at the post office to be FIRST IN LINE. Someone please bring me coffee... The stamp is a "forever" stamp which means the price you buy it at will be good for first class postage no matter future price adjustments. In some ways it pains me to think that someone will send me a stamp with a big postal cancellation stamp on Plath's face, but it would also be nice to receive real mail...


Melanie Smith said...

Ahhhhhhh must write letters to people populated with poets.

Carl Rollyson said...

I'd love to receive a letter (what an old fashioned idea!) from a Plath reader with a Plath stamp on it and respond with my own letter with a Plath stamp on it.

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

I shall be hoarding my Plath stamps, not sharing with anyone! ;-)

Kayla Elizabeth said...

I think I shall be heading to the post office sometime soon ;)

Anna said...

Can you buy the stamp in a post office in the US or where do you buy stamps over there? Just the Sylvia Plath stamp or do you have to buy the whole collection at once?
I'm not from the USA, but I would die to own a stamp like that! If I know the details, maybe I can bother some friends to buy me a stamp like that! ;)

Peter K Steinberg said...


Hi. I'm not sure if you can just buy the Plath one or not. You can order a book (about $9) from the USPS website. If one were to visit a post office perhaps one could request just the Plath one but as they are self-adhesive and come as the image shows, I'm not sure how it would work. The back of the stamps is perforated so it might be possible to separate them out.

Speaking of which, The back of the stamps has information about the poet and a snippet quote (this does not directly line up with the stamp of the poet). Plath's is from "Daddy." While you might expect, it to be, being a stamp:

"There's a stake in your fat black heart
And the villagers never liked you.
They are dancing and stamping on you.
They always knew it was you.
Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through."

It is not, it is actually the first stanza:

"You do not do, you do not do
Any more, black shoe
In which I have lived like a foot
For thirty years, poor and white,
Barely daring to breathe or Achoo."

There are better lines I think they could have chosen.


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