May 31, 2013
“The best writing has no lace on its sleeves.” Walt Whitman
(May 31, 1819 –
March 26, 1892)
May 30, 2013
If you spend any time online, the chances are good that you’ve taken in, perhaps enjoyed, a short film of a flash mob — typically singers or musicians or dancers suddenly appearing in a public space, performing a well-rehearsed number and then vanishing back into the comings and goings of an ordinary day.
Well, here’s poetry, flash-mob style. PUP: Pop Up Poets/Poets in Unexpected Places is a New York-based group of poets that stages readings in unexpected places: ferry boats, trains, laundromats, grocery stores, even at Victoria’s Secret! It’s not about passing the hat; it’s about placing “poets and spoken word artists into the public arena” — public being the operative word.
May 29, 2013
The 3rd Annual Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) Members Exhibition opens next Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Collins Memorial Library on the University of Puget Sound campus, in Tacoma. The exhibit features the work of 30 artists who explore the many permutations of the book as object.
May 28, 2013
We’re always happy to see “local” poets featured in distinguished publications, so we were pleased to see “Cookbooks, Compost Heaps, and Poetry Booby Traps: A Conversation with Poet and Pie-maker Kate Lebo” in Ploughshares Literary Magazine.
The prize-winning poet, pie-maker and instructor is an MFA graduate of the University of Washington and the former registrar and volunteer coordinator at Richard Hugo House. Her handmade book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, became a surprise bestseller and will be published in October as a full-length illustrated book by Chin Music Press.
May 27, 2013
Barbara Turner-Vesselago is a writer and teacher. Her technique, which she calls Freefall writing, encourages writers to “get the thinking mind to step aside, so that writing becomes a truly vulnerable and open-hearted engagement with the moment.”
In workshops and retreats throughout the world (and online), Barbara supports and encourages participants in this creative exploration.
Barbara will be in Bellingham to talk about Freefall and read from her new book, Writing Without a Parachute: the Art of Freefall (Vala Publishing), on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 2:00pm at Village Books.
Here’s what Barbara says about working with poets:
“Although most writers who come to my workshops seem headed in the direction of prose, I find it so exciting to come across writers whose Freefall shows me that their path is poetry. I can say — I do say — that Freefall writing is prior to any genre, but the Freefall writing of people who have a poetic turn of mind can be such breathtaking work of high play. All a poet has to do, I find, is to fully undertake to follow the precepts in his or her own unique way, and something magical starts to take place with the words on the page — magic that can stay with the writer, all the way through the revision process and into the finished poem.”
Here’s what some local writers have to say about Freefall:
“Freefall Writing has gifted me with the confidence to disregard my self-critic who demands adherence to academic dictates and self-imposed restraint. My muse learned how to ascend into the greater blue beyond through the fabulous plunge.” Marla Morrow
“Barbara appreciated that my approach to Freefall was quite different from that of the prose writers and centered on the primacy of image and sensory details.” Susan J. Erickson
“Barbara’s approach is not about method or medium. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing sci-fi or poetry or cookbooks. Freefall opens the tap on the writer’s true voice.” J.I. Kleinberg
Come meet Barbara Turner-Vesselago at Village Books and learn more about Freefall writing.
May 26, 2013
Vistas of blue bay. Leaden waters ruffled by wind.
Soft curtains. Drenched collectables. Torn remnants.
White-sailed relaxation. Raw taste of hunger.
Hand carved gluttonies. Vast white mountains
tinged with alpenglow. Yells. Curses. Gallery walks.
Banked slaloms. Bounced checks. Open mic
anticipations. Bone dry witticisms. Sermonized
imaginations. Wetland pollution. Official cadence
of restrained ambivalence. Tails wagging
furiously. Identity theft Neuroscience on tap.
Thimbleberry delights. Earthworm desiccations.
Hospice devotion. Fault lined inevitability.
Sandstone magnificence. Kaleidoscopic uncertainty.
Rag town of bleak streets, chilled conclusions.
The echo of your voice.
. . . . .
*Copyright 2013 by Jim Milstead. Placard design by Egress Studio.
**Happy Birthday, Jim!
May 25, 2013
I want to be free in the mountains.
In the mountains I want to plant
a hundred million flags.
Each one is for whoever wants to own the mountain.
A flag for each person so there’s no war.
There’s plenty of room for everyone.
. . . . .
EXTRA congratulations to this year’s youngest Boynton winner, 6-year-old Emily Spector-Van Zee, who, in addition to her Walk Award, has also won first place in the Kindergarten category for the KBTC PBS Writer’s Contest. See Emily’s illustrated story here. She is now being entered into the national PBS contest as the Kindergarten representative for Washington state! Emily and her story will be recorded, animated and featured on TV throughout western Washington.
*Copyright 2013 Emily Spector-Van Zee. Placard design by Egress Studio.