Richard Wright Postage Stamp

Posted: under Reviews.
Tags: , August 3rd, 2009

by Kelly

by Kelly

So I go to the mailbox to collect my daily mail, and as I walk back to the house flipping through my letters, who should I spy but an American haiku master?

The face of Richard Wright — who Alison wrote about several weeks back — was on a 61-cent postage stamp and stuck to a large envelope.

I did a bit of Goggling and learned that the Richard Wright stamp was released in April of 2009.

According to a press release from the U.S. Postal Service, not only was Wright an accomplished writer, but he also worked as a letter carrier during the Great Depression.

However, while the press release mentions the titles of Wright’s most famous works — Native Son and Black Boy — it doesn’t say a thing about his haiku fascination! Let this post right that wrong!



  • 1

    I love this! Richard Wright is my haiku hero. I’m totally going to my local post office and buying up there supply:)

    Comment by Alison — August 3, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  • 2

    I wish I lived in the U.S. as I once did nearly 25 years ago! I could have
    run to the post office I had frequented and have done the same!
    I have been a proud owner of his haiku book you posted and once introduced some haiku of his in my translation into Japanese readership. I respect and love his haiku.

    Comment by eiko yachimoto — September 22, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

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