Today!

April 30, 2017


You are invited to join Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and poets Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Michael Daley, J.I. Kleinberg, and Nancy Pagh as they present selections from Washington 129, today at 2:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Washington state Poetry Out Loud champ Addi Garner will also recite and read a poem.

As a bonus, today is the last official day of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, so allow some extra time for flower viewing.

challenge!

April 29, 2017

Are you ready? Today, Saturday, April 29, 2017, is Independent Bookstore Day. It’s celebrated nationwide with a variety of festivities, including author appearances. But in the Seattle area, 19 participating indie booksellers have thrown down the gauntlet: visit all 19 stores, get your IBD passport stamped and you will receive a 25 percent discount at all participating stores for a year. (It’s still National Poetry Month and a lot of stores are offering discounts on poetry books, so this is a great time to pick up those titles you’ve been wanting.) See the list of participating stores on the Bookweb Indie Bookstore Challenge page.

on poetry

April 28, 2017

“If you’re going to say what you want to say, you’re going to hear what you don’t want to hear.”
Roberto Bolaño
(April 28, 1953 – July 15, 2003)

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what’s in your pocket?

April 27, 2017

Poem in Your Pocket
Today, Thursday, April 27, 2017, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Read. Share. Listen.
What’s your poem?

on poetry

April 26, 2017


“You know, writing in form is a way of developing your thinking — your thinking along with the tradition. In a way, it’s not you alone, it’s you in partnership.”
Marilyn Nelson
(b. April 26, 1946)

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your brain on poetry

April 25, 2017

Perhaps you’ve been wondering whether or Why Reading Poetry Is Good For Your Brain. JR Thorpe offers an answer — in the affirmative — in Bustle. Poetry, apparently, stimulates emotions, language and memory, even if we know nothing about it. The author concludes there’s much more work to do, but this article is a good place to begin.

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Whitman, musically

April 23, 2017

A new Kickstarter project is currently seeking modest funds to complete the budget for a symphonic poem for soprano and orchestra. Composer Rob Goorhuis will write the score for Walt Whitman’s poem A Child Said, What Is The Grass from Leaves of Grass.

The world premiere of the completed work will be performed by the Dutch Fanfare Orchestra with soprano Fenna Ograjensek at the Dutch National Championships Finals on November 12, 2017, in Enschede, The Netherlands. Read more on Kickstarter.

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