video poem

January 19, 2020

With special thanks to Bellingham BTV Channel 10, a number of the 2019 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winning poets were able to record their poems for broadcast. Today we feature Sandra F. Lucke reading “At the Edge of the Shelf.”

Remembering Jim

January 18, 2020

Friends of the “Bard of Bellingham” will gather to celebrate Jim Milstead’s life on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 5:30pm, at the SPARK Museum in Bellingham. Readings of Jim’s poetry and anecdotal recollections are welcome. Join us.

listening to Canada

January 17, 2020

Since 2016, The Small Machine Talks has produced more-or-less-monthly podcasts exploring the poetry scene of Central Canada and beyond. Now in Season 4, the interviews are freewheeling conversations co-hosted by Amanda Earl and a.m. kozak. Have a listen.

tonight in Seattle

January 16, 2020

It’s Thursday, January 16, 2020, and that means it’s time to crawl out of your snow cave, strap on your snowshoes, and go hear some live poetry. Tonight at Common AREA Maintenance in Belltown, Margin Shift Presents this stellar lineup: Sarah A. Chavez, Anne Liu Kellor, Rena Priest, and Suzanne Bottelli. Doors open at 6:30pm. Go!

someone you know?

January 14, 2020

If you subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day, you already know that today’s word is the noun musophobist: A person who dislikes or mistrusts poetry.

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local luminary

January 12, 2020

It has been nearly three years since we posted about The Poetry Foundation’s twice-monthly podcast series, Poetry Off the Shelf. The original post was at the suggestion of Sheila Sondik, and this update comes from Sheila as well, with the recognition that “it’s not every day we have a local luminary featured.” Have a look at the January 7, 2020, episode, “Dreams and Fathers,” which features Bruce Beasley on his writing process, and on how fathers might be like warm ice cubes.

still ekphrastic

January 11, 2020

Poetry projects come and go, so it’s nice to see one that stays. We posted about Visual Verse back in 2017 (see that post here) and as of January 1, 2020, the project is still very much alive. The images posted each month are varied in style and subject, and the resulting online journal is robust and attractive. The guidelines are here. Try it out.

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