May 31, 2015
I reached into the basket of wet white diapers,
grabbed a corner of one and pulled it out.
I clipped it into place.
Then I reached into the basket and did it again.
Like my mother before me, and her mother before her,
and hers before her.
A sudden strong wind caught the diapers,
snapping them into the air.
I watched them billowing against the
blue prairie sky.
I listened to their fluttering song.
They sang a song of mothers’ love,
of hands rubbed raw on washboards;
a song of aching backs and arms
stretched up as all that has been dirty
is made clean, and lifted to the sun.
The whipping white strips of cloth
sang to me
of love’s offerings
hung out to dry.
. . . . .
*Copyright 2015 by Cheryl A. Fear. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.
May 30, 2015
If your muse needs a little getaway, consider Poets on the Peaks: A Ross Lake Literary Adventure offered by the North Cascades Institute August 13-16, 2015.
“Traveling by boat with two great storyteller-naturalists [Gerry Cook and Saul Weisberg] with decades of backcountry experience between them, we’ll read poetry and lookout journals, go swimming and hiking, practice yoga and meditation and tour the lake’s hidden canyons. The highlight of our adventure will be hiking to the top of Desolation Peak where Kerouac, the reluctant “King of the Beats,” spent the summer of 1956—an experience he famously documented in his novels The Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels.”
Read the full description and registration information on the North Cascades Institute website.
May 29, 2015
If you follow this blog, you’ll know that we’re fans of ModPo — Modern & Contemporary American Poetry — a massive open online course (MOOC). Offered free through Coursera, the ten-week University of Pennsylvania class is conducted by professor Al Filreis, along with a panel of close readers, video and audio segments, and substantial on- and off-line reading. ModPo will begin again on Saturday, September 12, 2015, and run through Monday, November 23. Participation is entirely self-directed — you don’t have to “show up” at a particular time — but the syllabus is demanding and it’s wise to take seriously the suggested commitment of “5-10 hours/week.”
Here are several sources for more information: “The Web Poet’s Society,” an article on ModPo and MOOCs in The Atlantic by Kristina A. Bicher; commentary and other posting on ModPo, primarily by Al Filreis, on Jacket 2; the ModPo page on Coursera. For participants, there is also a Facebook group.
May 28, 2015
In case you missed it, The Bellingham Herald has a lovely profile by Dean Kahn featuring writer/editor Mary Elizabeth Gillilan, who is the visionary behind Clover: A Literary Rag and the Independent Writers’ Studio. Volume 9 of the admirable Clover will be released during the Chuckanut Writers Conference, with in-store sales (at Village Books, among other places) and readings to follow (and subscriptions encouraged).
May 26, 2015
Saturday afternoon from 3 to 5 is a great time to island hop. Seattle7Writers and Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor Book Company invite you to fill your book bag, have a snack, enter a drawing and mix and mingle with authors Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Alcala, Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella, Megan Chance, Bridget Foley, Laurie Frankel, Elizabeth George, Thor Hanson, Adrianne Harun, Jennifer Louden, Kevin O’Brien, Suzanne Selfors, Rebecca Wells and Susan Wiggs.
May 25, 2015
“May my silences become more accurate.”
(May 25, 1908 –
August 1, 1963)
. . . . .
photo by Mary Randlett,
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
May 24, 2015
A Star Vanishing Away
A pilot flew a plane made of nickels
and it flew like an ordinary plane.
When it flew far away
it looked like a star vanishing in the clouds.
I don’t know if this is true
but it might be.
. . . . .
*Copyright 2015 by Charles Walker. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.