Millay music

February 22, 2019

In honor of the 127th anniversary of the birth of Edna St. Vincent Millay, we note that three of her poems (probably others as well), “God’s World,” “Wraith,” and “Afternoon on a Hill,” have been particularly inspiring to composers. Read and listen:

God’s World


Afternoon on a Hill

The three pieces are also recorded without the vocals on “Winter – Music of Eric Ewazen and David Snow” featuring Chris Gekker on trumpet and Ted Guerrant on piano.

Eric Ewazen originally composed the three Millay songs for soprano Jody Dall’Armi, who premiered them in 1990. Ten years later, Ewazen create the trumpet and piano version for Chris Gekker, and also later composed “Three Lyrics for Trumpet and Marimba performed by Eric Berlin and Eduardo Leandro.”


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photo by Arnold Genthe


on poetry

February 21, 2019

“…poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.”
W.H. Auden
(February 21, 1907 – September 29, 1973)

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quote from “New Year Letter”

Inspired by the Poetry Coalition programming for March 2019, the theme for SpeakEasy 23 is Poetry & Democracy.

The free event, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, Washington, will feature a special guest appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna along with a selection of strong and relevant poetry from Luther Allen, Anita K. Boyle, Sarah Brownsberger, Nancy Canyon, Linda Conroy, Roger Gilman, Rick Hermann, Lois Holub, Paul Hunter, Georgia Johnson, Peter Messinger, Jeffrey Morgan, Kevin Murphy, Tim Pilgrim, Rena Priest, CJ Prince, Janette Rosebrook, Jim Schmotzer, Carla Shafer, Carey Taylor, Gary Wade, and Leslie Wharton. You are invited to join the audience for a meaningful evening of words.

Information on Other Mind Press or on Facebook.


February 19, 2019

Seattle City of Literature has announced that applications are open for three City of Literature residencies: Kraków, Poland; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Tartu, Estonia. Deadlines are coming right up, so read all about it and apply!

knock one out of the park

February 18, 2019

It’s February. There’s snow on the ground. That must mean it’s time for Spring Training. And if we’re talking baseball (not a subject you find here very often!), then we need to mention Baseball Bard, a not-for-profit membership organization of poets who write about baseball.

If you love baseball, have a look at the published poems (the Hall of Fame is a good place to start). If you love baseball and you write baseball poems, join up and submit.

Olympia’s new poet laureate

February 17, 2019

Meet Sady Sparks. Poet. Student at The Evergreen State College. Age 24. Recently named Poet Laureate for the city of Olympia, Washington, 2019 – 2020.

To learn more, read an interview with Sady in South Sound Magazine and an article in The Olympian. Watch Sady Sparks read “Eating Out of Season” at the January 8, 2019, meeting of the Olympia City Council meeting.

FisherPoets… soon!

February 16, 2019

FisherPoets 2019 will be happening Friday, February 22, thru noon, Sunday, February 24, 2019, in Astoria, Oregon. The Evening Reading Schedule is posted (seven venues, 100+ poets), as is the Special Events Schedule (art, music, politics, movies, workshops, and more). More on Facebook event page. Go. You’ll get hooked.

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