The response to the columns in which I quote good poems is always strong, which is another reason to feel sheepish: even with full attribution I’m reaping credit for someone else’s genius.
Poetry also creeps into Brenda Starr, the soap-opera comic strip I’ve written for twenty-four years. Our heroine, Brenda, quotes poetry and muses on it. Heroes and villains alike use it to woo her.
Recently, a mysterious, dashing man named Ringo, from the fictitious country of Kazookistan, dazzled her with verse.
Ringo didn’t conquer Brenda, but he did seduce many comics readers who were grateful to discover Rumi and Hafiz.
—Mary Schmich, Poetry, September 2009
Congratulations to Poetry contributor Mary Schmich on her Pulitzer Prize!