May 31, 2014
“Everybody is writing, writing, writing — worst of all, writing poetry. It’d be better if the whole tribe of the scribblers — every damned one of us — were sent off somewhere with tool chests to do some honest work.”
(May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892)
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Walt Whitman / Frank E. Pearsall / Albumen silver print, 1872 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
May 30, 2014
So grand is the mountain that looms above
the lowlands of mankind. Fervently made
by forces we know very little of;
its flame, the heat that helped us forge our blades.
Upon the summit we find life quite hard
for the air is thin and that affects our brains.
We climb, thinking that there we’ll touch the stars,
but once on top, only encounter pain.
Yet, the valley we see, our woodland home,
below us stretches and we understand
with our climbing atop this mountain’s dome,
we’ve always had the world in our hands.
Love’s the summit and the valley our soul;
to climb to its peak is to see below.
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*Copyright 2014 by Thom Davis. Broadside designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio.
May 29, 2014
Performance poet and musician Matthew Brouwer will offer Opening to the Inner Word: A Daylong Experiential Writing Retreat on Saturday, June 14, 2014. There are just four spaces remaining.
The day will be divided into sessions, each one designed to invoke inspiration and “tap into the often muffled words within.” There will be “lessons and tips for improving one’s writing craft and getting in touch with that elusive inner voice. This will be a safe and affirming setting for writers of all backgrounds and levels of experience.”
Meanwhile, you can hear Matthew Brouwer TONIGHT, Thursday, May 29, when he will be the featured poet at Everett Poetry Night, 7:00 p.m. at Cafe Zippy.
May 28, 2014
Whether you go as part of a competing team, as a volunteer, as a sponsor or as a member of the audience, the 25th National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California, should be truly memorable. The premier slam tournament, NPS draws top performance poets from North America and Europe to this week of competition, workshops, outreach and fun.
May 27, 2014
The Port Angeles Main Library is partnering with Olympic National Park to offer Poetry Walks: free access to three trails in the Park with poetry posted on signs along the way. Poets include Raymond Carver, Mary Oliver, David Wagoner and many others.
May 26, 2014
The staff of Jeopardy Magazine invites you to the Jeopardy Magazine Release Party, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher building, located downtown at 250 Flora Street. Jeopardy Magazine is the undergraduate-run literary and fine arts publication of Western Washington University and showcases the unique voices of students, faculty, staff, and alumni each spring.
This event is open to all Western faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community. There will be readings, refreshments, and free copies of the 50th edition of Jeopardy Magazine. Learn more on the Jeopardy Magazine website, see the event on Facebook and join in the celebration!
May 25, 2014
Over the coming months, in no particular order, on no particular schedule, the 2014 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winning poems and their accompanying broadsides will be posted here and linked on the Winners page. Enjoy!
I like balancing the checkbook.
(Yes, a checkbook!)
Every month, armed with pen and yellow highlighter,
I tick off transactions
On both mailed bank statement and my register.
(Yes, mailed, and paper documents!)
ATM receipts move
From my overstuffed checkbook to a pile,
Then to the recycling bag for shredding.
I add, or more often subtract, missing entries.
My favorite number — eight, upright infinity —
Floats through the process.
Rare math errors giving me money are happy surprises.
Addition and subtraction comfort me,
Even when results are sometimes red.
Answers are singular, simple, true;
Not multifaceted, complex, or conditional.
If I were a smiley-face type of person,
I’d draw one at the top of page 1 when I finish.
Instead, I write “done.”
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*Copyright 2014 by Diane Bateman. Broadside designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio.