a new reading in town…

December 17, 2017

Wondering what to do on the first Monday of the month? Ponder no longer. SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) has partnered with Easy Speak Seattle to launch a first-Monday reading series at Jude’s Old Town in Rainier Beach, Seattle.

The new series rounds out a month of Mondays for Easy Speak, including

  • Second Monday open mike & featured reader or musician at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe
  • Third Monday Re/Write (critique group) at Third Place Books, Seward Park
  • Fourth Monday open mike & featured reader or musician at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

See the list of upcoming featured artists on the Easy Speak site.

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on poetry

December 16, 2017

“There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of those books.”
George Santayana
(December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)

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Friday in Anacortes

December 14, 2017

Join with other fine poets this Friday, December 15, 2017, at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse in Anacortes, as friends of Robert Sund gather for an evening of poetry and music. Featured poets include Georgia Johnson, John Brooks, Jeff Langlow, Brad Killion, Jeff Winston, and more.

and so it begins…

December 13, 2017

As you may recall from years past, we’re particularly fond of year-end best-of lists. Although it’s not easy to find out how many poetry books are published each year (one source says 10,038 books of poetry or drama were published in the United States in 2012), it’s certainly a lot, and recommendations — from friends, reviewers, instructors, etc. — can help narrow the field a bit. Here’s the first of this year’s best-of poetry:

another poetry walk

December 12, 2017

We haven’t added a locale to our poetry walk collection for a while, so here’s a new one: Nanaimo, BC, Canada. The Vancouver Island city is embedding a poem in the sidewalk outside the Port Theatre to honor each outgoing poet laureate. The first panel, which was installed in March 2017, is a poem by Nanaimo’s inaugural poet laureate Naomi Beth Wakan. Nanaimo’s current poet laureate, Tina Biello, serves until 2020, when another panel will be added to the Nanaimo Poetry Walk.

(Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the heads-up on this news.)

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now that you mention her…

December 11, 2017

As long as we’re on the topic of Emily Dickinson (yesterday being her birthday)… If you are an Emily fan (aren’t we all, in some way, indebted to her?) or if you are a note scratcher or a collage maker, this might be a good time to go back and read Dan Chiasson’s article in The New Yorker, “Emily Dickinson’s Singular Scrap Poetry.”

on poetry

December 10, 2017

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”
Emily Dickinson
(December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886)

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