more books!

August 9, 2022

Here are more recommendations and titles for your Sealey Challenge pile:

Happy reading! And if you have a favorite new poetry book to recommend, do leave a comment!

a poetry place

August 8, 2022

Should you find yourself in New York City, you may want to pay a visit to the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street), where the American Poets Corner “memorializes the literature of our nation in all its surprise, wit and beauty.”

Modeled on the Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey, the American Poets Corner was dedicated in 1984. A Poet-in-Residence serves a term of five years and appoints a group of Electors to nominate and consult on the selection of inductees (writers deceased for at least 25 years), whose names, dates, and poetic quotes are engraved on stones within the cathedral. The current Poet-in-Residence, appointed in 2020, is Marie Howe, and the most recent inductee (2020) was Audre Lorde. Events include an annual induction ceremony as well as an annual reading of selections from Dante’s Inferno.

on poetry

August 5, 2022

“There are some brightnesses which are stationary and static, but a poem, like a bird, must fly.”
José Garcia Villa
(August 5, 1908 – February 7, 1997)

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call for salmon poems!

August 4, 2022

With the support of a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest is creating an anthology of poetry dedicated to salmon, and is calling for submissions from Washington State writers.

“Salmon are the unsung heroes of our region,” she says. “Adventurous and brave, they swim from their natal rivers out into the perils of the open ocean. Persistent, resilient, and strong, they swim upstream against swift currents for hundreds of miles to return home to spawn and complete the cycle of life.

“Salmon are sacred to my tribe, the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. We celebrate them in ceremony and song, and they have long been central to our Sche’le’ngen, our way of life. By celebrating salmon through poetry in every corner of the state, I hope to raise goodwill and a feeling of reverence for the salmon, a feeling that my people have felt since time immemorial.

“Seattle-based writer Timothy Egan writes, ‘The Pacific Northwest is simply this: wherever the salmon can get to.’ Before dams were installed, salmon inhabited streams throughout Washington state, even as far inland as Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and beyond. They have been a huge part of our regional identity, and I hope you will submit a poem or two about our iconic wild salmon.”

This project is supported in part by Humanities WA, the Washington State Arts Commission, and the Academy of American Poets. Empty Bowl Press will publish the anthology in 2023.

The submission deadline is September 18, 2022. See the complete guidelines here.

poetry in your ears

August 2, 2022

If you enjoy listening to poets read and talk about their work, here are a few more poetry podcast options to enjoy while you’re lounging poolside:

Dear Poetry is a brand-new poetry podcast series by Luisa Beck that is an advice column that turns to poems for answers to callers’ questions. More on Dear Poetry on NPR.

Close Readings is a podcast series from the London Review of Books in which “Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the lives and works of 20th-century poets through the lens of pieces written about them in the LRB, and Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley consider the lives and voices of women in medieval literature.”

“The New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing scholars and other serious writers to a wide public via new media.” Available through all the usual podcast sources, NBnPOETRY offers a series of interviews with poets and scholars of poetry talking about their new books.

With 24 episodes and counting, of poetry is a podcast series of “kitchen table conversations with poets” hosted by Han VanderHart.

More poetry podcast posts here.

on poetry

August 1, 2022


“For as long as I was trying not to write poems — and I spent years trying not to write them, and throwing my energy into dumb things — my life was having none of it. I was stuck. I was getting spiritual pushback. Everything I planned was being dashed to pieces, because I had work to do that I wasn’t doing. But when I started to write, things settled for me.”
Lorna Goodison
(b. August 1, 1947)

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books and a bonus

July 30, 2022

Here’s another batch of poetry book recommendations for your summer enjoyment:

And a bonus:

The ever-popular Kevin Murphy will perform on the Garden Stage at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center in Fairhaven (Bellingham) tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 5:30pm. Kevin Murphy is the author of A Beautiful Chaos Demands Energy and has released two poetry CDs, Between Onions and Oxygen and The Bird of Pure Midnight. He is the “poet-in-residence” of the Chuckanut Radio Hour, and was the winner of a Bellingham Mayor’s Art Award in 2017. Kevin has been performing his comical, surrealistic, dramatic work, often accompanying himself on guitar or percussion, for over 40 years. Join him in this convivial outdoor setting, and afterwards, stroll on down to the Village Green where there will be live music by Free Harmony from 7:45-8:45pm followed by an outdoor screening of “Dirty Dancing” at dusk.

virtual series

July 28, 2022

To Emily Dickinson, phosphorescence was a divine spark and the illuminating light behind learning — it was volatile, but transformative in nature. Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series celebrates contemporary creativity that echoes Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. The Series features established and emerging poets whose work and backgrounds represent the diversity of the flourishing contemporary poetry scene.

The series is free and presented online on the last Thursday of each month through December 2022.

on poetry

July 27, 2022

“There’s no posterity to write for. I’m writing now for mutated arthropods.”
Peter Reading
(July 27, 1946 – November 17, 2011)

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