another poetry walk

March 31, 2016

Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge

We’ve mentioned the artist Gordon Young before. His large-scale public art projects often incorporate words or poetry. Here’s another.

Bird Stones is an installation at Mill Road Cemetery in Cambridge, England. Each of the seven pieces is engraved with a poem about a bird that frequents the cemetery and a description of the bird’s call. The standing stone sculptures are also designed to serve as perch, shelter and water source. “House Sparrow,” above, includes a bible inscription and a poem by Andrew Motion.


March 30, 2016

countdownOkay, Whatcom County poets, you have today (March 30), and you have tomorrow (March 31) until 6:00pm to submit your poems to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. It’s too late to mail your poem, but you can deliver it to Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly Street, Bellingham (open both days Noon to 6pm) OR email it to Of course, read the guidelines carefully — line count and character count matter here, and poems that don’t meet the guidelines will be disqualified. This year’s judges are Luther Allen and Luci Shaw and we have it on good authority that they want to read YOUR poem!

P.S. Whether you submit a poem or not, be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, May 12, 2016, and join the judges, the award winners, the contest committee and poetry fans from all over at the 2016 Boynton Awards Ceremony, 7:00pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

postcards for National Poetry Month

If you visit this page regularly, you know that the August Poetry Postcard Fest gets regular coverage here. But in case August is just too far away, you might consider participating in a postcard poetry exchange for National Poetry Month. Using the August Poetry Postcard Fest as a model, Lenora Rain-Lee Good has started an April poetry postcard exchange and invites you to participate. To sign up, use the form on her Contact page to provide your name and correct snail mail address, then gather your postcards and stamps and start writing. Lenora will send you your list of names and addresses.


March 28, 2016

How a Poem Happens

The other day, we posted on the subject of what editors want. Today we look at the other mysterious aspect of writing: How a Poem Happens.

In each posting of his blog, poet, teacher and editor Brian Brodeur introduces and then interviews a poet. They discuss a single poem, which is included in the post. Although Brodeur doesn’t post as often as he did in the first several years, the archive of poets is long and there’s much insight to be gained from reading what they say about their process.

Have a look: How a Poem Happens.

poetry park

March 27, 2016

Continental Drift by Jeff Knorr

Should you find yourself near Sacramento, California, take a detour to Poet Laureate Park in south Natomas. There you’ll find six large corten steel sculptures that honor past and present Sacramento Poets Laureate: Bob Stanley, Julia Connor, Jeff Knorr, Viola Weinberg, Dennis Schmitz and José Montoya. Artist Troy Corliss interpreted and fabricated each poet’s words for the installation, which was completed in 2015.

Additional details and photos on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission website and The Natomas Buzz.
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photo: “Continental Drift” by Jeff Knorr

on poetry

March 26, 2016

Patrick Lane“Today is merely an hour. Remember in the time ahead of you to hold out your hands so that beauty may fall safely into them and find a place — however briefly — to rest.”
Patrick Lane
(b. March 26, 1939)
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photo by Diana Nethercott

now sounding

March 25, 2016

Moby Dick Big Read

It’s been several years since we mentioned Moby-Dick Big Read and it definitely seems worth a reminder. Out of a symposium convened in 2011 at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, UK, by artist Angela Cockayne and writer Philip Hoare was born an online version of Melville’s epic tome, each of the book’s 135 chapters read aloud by voices celebrated and unknown and broadcast online, public and freely accessible. With readers from Tilda Swinton to Mary Oliver, each chapter is accompanied by a piece of artwork.

Listen at Moby Dick Big Read, read along with your copy of the book, or, as you listen, look at Moby-Dick through the eyes of artist Matt Kish, whose book Moby-Dick in Pictures (Tin House 2011) offers an illustration for every page of the original book.