Ten great poets are honored on this Twentieth-Century Poets (Forever) stamp sheet, including several who served as United States Poet Laureate. The many awards won by this illustrious group - Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. E. Cummings, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams - include numerous Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and honorary degrees.
Each stamp features a photograph of one of the 10 poets. Text on the back of the stamp sheet includes an excerpt from one poem by each poet. The art director was Derry Noyes.