on poetry

July 19, 2018

“Formerly I believed books were made like this: a poet came, lightly opened his lips, and the inspired fool burst into song — if you please! But it seems, before they can launch a song, poets must tramp for days with callused feet, and the sluggish fish of the imagination flounders softly in the slush of the heart. And while, with twittering rhymes, they boil a broth of loves and nightingales, the tongueless street merely writhes for lack of something to shout or say.”
Vladimir Mayakovsky
July 19, 1893 – April 14, 1930

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portrait of Vladimir Mayakovsky by Aleksandr Rodchenko
quote from The Bedbug and Selected Poetry



July 18, 2018

Whatcom WRITES is a writing contest offering writers of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to explore themes related to the year’s Whatcom READS title. Top entries are selected for publication and public presentation.

This year’s Whatcom READS title is The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & The Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan. The Whatcom WRITES theme is hindsight. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are welcome and the deadline is October 1, 2018. Read the guidelines at Whatcom WRITES Writing Contest.

The Spokane County Library District invites you to a Poetry Picnic on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 7:00pm, at the Moran Prairie Library. The gathering will feature poets José Angel Araguz, Laura Read, Sam Roxas-Chua, and Nance Van Winckel, plus free gelato from Ferrante’s Marketplace Café. All ages welcome, but some poems may have adult themes. Read more in The Spokesman-Review.


July 15, 2018

2018 Walk Award
By Donald Antenen

August, the fire started at the back
then took the awnings and the recesses
the boarded windows now empty and black
no quinceañera and wedding gowns
no girlish excitement of any kind
till today I’d put the fire out of mind
now workers gut the remains of what remains
five men in masks and gloves, hammers and chains
before this job, the praying sort didn’t pray
except at the end that the boss would pay
and pay well before they get deported
or the safety hazards get reported
the red dress in the window was last
to burn but when it did, it burnt quickly.

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Donald Antenen lives in Fairhaven with his wife and daughter. He is the founder of Callimachus Books, a home library design company.

“Arson” is about a dress shop in Baltimore, Maryland.

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*Copyright 2018 by Donald Antenen. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

Airstream 2018

July 14, 2018

The fourth annual Airstream Poetry Festival is taking shape now and will be ready to, ahem, roll October 19 – 21, 2018, at the Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort in Seaview, Washington. Tickets for the festival will go on sale in July, so keep an eye on Mother Foucault’s Bookshop online and on Facebook for the latest.

book launch

July 13, 2018

Celebrate the art of poetry and the poets who make it happen on Friday, July 20, 2018, as Village Books hosts a book launch and reading.

Award-winning poet Jed Myers will read from his new book, Between Dream and Flesh, a handmade limited-edition publication from Egress Studio Press. He will be joined by poet and fiction writer Lana Ayers (founder, publisher, and managing editor of MoonPath Press) who will read from her illustrated handmade book, The Moon’s Answer (Egress Studio Press), as well as other poems. James Bertolino will read selections from a variety of his poetry publications.

poetry, accelerated

July 12, 2018

In the category of random convergences, here’s an article out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) describing the overnight stay of a pair of poets at the cyclotron. Kate Greene and Anastasios Karnazes explored, read, wrote, and visited with cyclotron workers over the course of their stay.

Poets are like cyclotrons in their ability to both “break and remake,” they noted in a summary statement explaining the purpose of their visit: Cyclotrons can create new elements by fusing atomic nuclei together in high-energy particle beam experiments that bombard one type of element with another, for example, and poets “have been deconstructing and reconfiguring ideas, emotions, experiences, and truths” via a range of devices.

Pictures and more here.

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