a humble gift of poetry

December 31, 2014

Peter Miller tomato can

You may know Peter Miller from his eponymous Seattle architecture and design bookstore, Peter Miller Books (or earlier variations on the bookstore theme: Montana Books, Miller & Mungo, and bookstores at the aquarium and zoo), or perhaps you’re familiar with his new book, Lunch at the Shop. Now KPLU’s Jennifer Wing offers another element of Peter Miller lore: “Seattle’s Peter Miller Reflects On The Year With Poetry On Tomato Cans.” Fun.
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photo by Jennifer Wing

on poetry

December 30, 2014

Patti Smith photo by Angelo Cricchi“Vowels are the most illuminated letters in the alphabet. Vowels are the colors and souls of poetry and speech.”
Patti Smith
(b. December 30, 1946)
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Patti Smith photo by Angelo Cricchi

see Cirque!

December 29, 2014

Cirque 6.1

CIRQUE 6.1
A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim
is now online (full-text) and available for purchase at www.cirquejournal.com

one more best-of list

December 28, 2014

The New Yorker

We recently posted a list of lists to give you a head start on your poetry reading for the coming months. And here’s one more, as The New Yorker weighs in with Dan Chiasson’s list of Nine Great Poetry Books of 2014.

if not poetry, poetic…

December 27, 2014

Millennium Bridge Subway, Carlisle, England

The Cursing Stone is a 14-ton granite boulder that resides in a subway beneath the Millennium Bridge that connects Tullie House Museum with Carlisle Castle, in Carlisle, England.

Here’s a bit of history that helps explain the stone: “The Border Reivers were gangs of horsemen who raided those parts of England and Scotland within a day’s ride of the border between the two countries from around 1300 to 1600. Reivers stole cattle, sheep and horses, and were even known to hire themselves out as mercenaries.” (Education Scotland) In 1525, hoping to end the reign of terror, the Archbishop of Glasgow put a curse on the Boarder Reiver families; the curse was spoken at parishes throughout the region.

In 2001, artist Gordon Young, in a collaboration with Why Not Associates, inscribed the 1,069-word curse on the stone and it was installed on a pathway that contains the names of all the Boarder Reiver families. Almost as soon as it was installed, it was blamed for numerous local disasters, including the spread of hoof and mouth disease, but after a council vote in 2005 was saved from destruction and remains on view.

The artist is descended from a Border Reiver family and that heritage led to his interest in the curse. (See also: Young’s beautiful poetry walk, A Flock of Words and other collaborations with Why Not Associates, including Walk of Art.)
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Cursing Stone photo

joy, baby!

December 25, 2014

joy baby © j.i. kleinberg

joy, baby!
© j.i. kleinberg

on poetry

December 24, 2014

Dana Gioia by Lynda Koolish“Poetry can be reticent without being obscure.”
Dana Gioia
(b. December 24, 1950)
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photo by Lynda Koolish