on poetry

November 30, 2014

Mark Twain“There are things which some people never attempt during their whole lives, but one of these is not poetry. Poetry attacks all human beings sooner or later, and, like the measles, is mild or violent according to the age of the sufferer.”
Samuel Langhorne Clemens / Mark Twain
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)
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nothing’s changed but…

November 29, 2014

the poetry department

When the Boynton Blog launched, in 2010, its purpose was to serve as the voice and website of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, then in its fifth year. That it has done and continues to do, sharing details about past, current and upcoming events, and standing as an electronic record of this vibrant all-ages contest in Whatcom County, Washington.

But posting almost every day (1575 posts to date), a blogger’s interests can roam far and wide. With poetry as the central theme, and the Cascadia region as the geographical hub, the blog’s topics have become increasingly eclectic.

So, today, the Boynton Blog’s address has changed. Instead of boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com, the URL is thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com — an address that honors an audience of readers interested in poetry, wherever they may be.

But nothing else has changed. If you are a subscriber (thank you!), you will be automatically redirected to the new address. If you are not yet a subscriber, this would be a great time to sign up.

We will continue to post Contest information as it becomes available (and you can find more on the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Facebook page) and, as always, we appreciate your visits, your attention and your comments.

give words!

November 28, 2014

Banned Book Socks
Whether you’re shopping for a poet, a poetry lover or someone who doesn’t think about poetry very much, there are plenty of wonderfully poetic ways to give gifts this holiday season. So if you plan to shop, put your money where your heart is.

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

We aren’t suggesting you should a) shop or b) spend a bunch of money. But if you DO give holiday (or other) gifts, we hope this little list might launch your creativity. (We’d love to hear your other ideas. Leave a comment!)
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Banned Book Socks


November 27, 2014

Have an abundant and appreciative Thanksgiving!

what to do on Saturday

November 26, 2014

shop smallAfter the Thursday leftovers are put away, and after the Black Friday mall frenzy, there’s Small Business Saturday on November 29, 2014. Now in its fourth official year, SBS encourages shoppers to do their buying from local and independent vendors.

Throughout Washington (actually, throughout the U.S.), authors will make appearances to lead discussions, recommend and sign books and even act as cashiers at independent bookstores. Here are some you can visit (some authors visit multiple stores, so please verify times and other specifics with the bookstore):

  • AuburnFinally Found Books – Jeanne Matthews, Nicolette Reed, Rebecca Morris
  • BainbridgeEagle Harbor Book Co. – David Guterson, Lynn Brunelle, Laurie B. Arnold, Susan Wiggs, Carol Cassella, Kristin von Kreisler, Dylan Tomine, Arleen Williams, Wendy Hinman, Jonathan Evison, Barbara Winther, Lance Weller, John Marzluff, Tessa Arlen, Jeannette Franks, Lewis Mandell, Toni Yuly, George Shannon
  • BellevueUniversity Bookstore – Janet Lee Carey, Justina Chen, William Dietrich, Christina Dudley, Robert Dugoni, Claire Gebben, Kazu Kibuishi, G. Elizabeth Kretchmer, Dan Richards, Dana Sullivan, Laurie Ann Thompson, Samantha Vamos
  • BellinghamVillage Books – two book chats, one at 11am and one at 4pm, featuring local authors Laura Kalpakian, Janet Oakley, Clete Barrett Smith, Noble Smith, and Rob Slater
  • BurienPage 2 Books – Carol Hervin, Peyton Marshall, G. H. Prichard, Wendy Wahman, and many others
  • Lake Forest ParkThird Place Books – Sherman Alexie will be “bookseller for a day” (10:00am)
  • LeavenworthA Book for All Seasons – Sheila Roberts
  • MonroeMain Street Books Bernadette Pajer
  • OlympiaOrca Books – Nikki McClure, Laura Swan, Eve Rickert, Franklin Veaux
  • Port TownsendThe Writer’s Workshoppe Imprint Books – Erica Bauermeister, Richard Jesse Watson, Patrick Jennings, Adrianne Harun
  • PoulsboLiberty Bay Books – Garth Stein, Lynn Brunelle, Lance Weller, June Cotner, Patrick Jennings, Megan Chance, Kristin Hannah
  • Seattle Book Larder – Ethan Stowell, Makini Howell, Jeanne Sauvage, John Sundstrom, Becky Selengut, Langdon Cook, Jennifer Shea, Shauna James Ahern, Kim O’Donnel, Cynthia Nims, Danielle Kartes, Julie O’Brien
  • Seattle The Elliott Bay Book Company – Robin Oliveira,Jeanne Sauvage, Toni Yuly, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Sonora Jha, Langdon Cook, Becky Selengut, Martha Silano, Paula Becker, David Lasky, Dana Simpson, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, David Laskin, Marissa Meyer, Karen Finneyfrock, Kevin O’Brien, Deb Caletti, Sherman Alexie
  • SeattleFantagraphics Books – book launch party for Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Music Anthology, 1980 -1988
  • Seattle Open Books – Maged Zaher, Don Mee Choi, Ed Skoog, Elizabeth Austen
  • SeattleQueen Anne Book Company – Bernadette Pajer, Bonnie Becker, Shannon Evans, Suzanne Selfors, Carol Cassella , Gail Kretchmer, Joe Guppy, Lynne Brunelle, Brenda Peterson, Sherman Alexie , Lance Weller, Jonathan Evison
  • Seattle Seattle Mystery Bookshop – Urban Waite, Jeanne Matthews
  • Seattle Secret Garden Bookshop – Julie Paschkis, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Toni Yuli, Jaime Temairik, Kim Baker, Dana Sullivan, and more
  • Seattle University Bookstore – click link to see the complete list and times
  • SpokaneAuntie’s Bookstore – local authors
  • SumnerA Good Book Cafe – Mark Teppo, Lorie Ann Grover, Justina Chen, Kimberly Derting
  • TacomaKing’s Books – Creative Colloquy with Erik Hanberg, Joshua Swainston, Karla Stover, William Kupinse, Tiffany Aldrich MacBain, Nick Stokes

In addition to these author appearances, additional bookstores will have special displays of recommended books. For participating independent booksellers in other areas, visit IndieBound …and of course bookstores are not the only vendors that will offer specials and special events on Small Business Saturday, so if you’re shopping, shop independent!

Winter 2014

The Winter edition of Whatcom Magazine is now available (to Bellingham Herald subscribers and on newsstands) and includes Margaret Bikman’s interview with poets James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle. In “Two Bellingham poets create their works far from the madding crowd,” Boyle and Bertolino talk about their rural Whatcom County property, including their 2000-volume poetry shed.

Our Orcas Hours,” from James Bertolino’s latest book, Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems (MoonPath Press, 2014), was featured recently on Verse Daily.

all aboard…

November 24, 2014

Michelle Peñaloza

We’ve previously mentioned Seattle’s Poetry on Buses project…and here’s a bonus. In addition to 125 poems on Metro’s RapidRide buses, and a new poem every day plus a weekly featured poet on the Poetry on Buses site, the project has also enlivened bus stations throughout King County with images of poets and poems.
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Photo by Katherine Taylor
and thanks to Two Sylvias Press for the heads-up on Facebook!

another poetry walk

November 23, 2014

Newton, Massachusetts

Edmands Park, in Newton, Massachusetts, is a 33-acre community-maintained parkland that now has a 14-poem poetry walk. Nature poems, affixed to stones along the trail, were selected from a nationwide contest and the trail was dedicated in early November. Map, poets and download link here.

More poetry walks here.
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Photo by Somchay Xayarath Edwards

on poetry

November 22, 2014

Paul Celan“A poem, as a manifestation of language and, thus, essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the — not always greatly hopeful — belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense too are under way: they are making toward something. Toward what? Toward something standing open, occupiable, perhaps toward an addressable Thou, toward an addressable reality.”
Paul Celan
(November 23, 1920 – April 20, 1970)
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an essay on this quote

small poems, big lights

November 21, 2014

Baltimore LED Art Billboards

The Baltimore LED Art Billboard project uses billboard advertising space and technology to create a digital art gallery providing tremendous exposure to local artists. An image of artwork — “every form of art from painting, drawing, and illustration, to sculpture, photography, and game design” — is displayed every 30 seconds, 24 hours a day, year round.

The latest addition to the LED Billboard project is a series of nearly 50 haiku from Baltimore-area poets, on display on the LED board near Penn Station.

The LED Baltimore website includes information about the project along with profiles of the artists. Visit LED Baltimore on Facebook, too.