It has been more than two years since we mentioned the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Poetry Trail in Queensland, Australia. Happily, the Pente Poets have been hard at work in the meantime and the trail “was launched in fine style in December 2017,” according to poet Judith Bandidt. The trail winds through “hinterland, urban centres and coastline,” with poems carved in sandstone, wood, and metal marking the route.

Congratulations to the Pente Poets for completing this ambitious project.

Read more about the trail, the poets, the poems (including audio), and the process, on the Pente Poets website and on Facebook.

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image: Maleny Trail poem by Lyn Browne, excerpted from “Black cockatoos”

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film poetry

July 11, 2018

In our continued cataloging of poets and poetry on film, we somehow missed “Broken Tower.” The 2012 film, directed by and starring James Franco, is about poet Hart Crane (1899-1932). While the critics and the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer give it a low score, Entertainment Weekly called it “pensive and heartfelt” and you might want to put it on your late-night list.

next week in Portland

July 10, 2018

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop in Portland, Oregon, will welcome Norman Fischer, Alicia Jo Rabins, and Alicia Cohen for Torah, Dharma & Deep Coherence, a “poetic dive into ancient texts and meditative practices” on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 7:00pm. Read more on the Mother Foucault’s event page or on Facebook.

In a related note, Norman Fischer and Rabbi Joshua Boettiger will join in a poetry reading on Saturday, July 14, at 8:00pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon.

new season!

July 9, 2018

The Seattle Arts & Lectures 2018/2019 season events are now posted and available for subscription.

The Poetry Series will feature

  • Alice Walker – October 4, 2018
  • Danez Smith – November 26, 2018
  • Solmaz Sharif – February 11, 2019
  • Ilya Kaminsky – April 1, 2019
  • HERE: Poems for the Planet, featuring Kimiko Hahn & friends – April 25, 2019
  • Jericho Brown – May 21, 2019

These events often sell out, and Poetry is just one of the series on offer. Visit the SAL Subscriptions page for more information.


2018 Merit Award
By Leslie Wharton

Avoiding whirling eddies
recirculating worries
torrents of to-dos
swirling self-doubt
Poem swims.

She rests in calm water
next to fast current
watches for a word
flash of muse
enticing nymph
anything to nibble on.

Hidden in shadows
She maneuvers
beyond logjams
past traumas
political debris.

Poem rises
hardly edited
never spoken
barely noticed.
Concentric circles
ripple outwards.

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Leslie Wharton is a caregiver for extraordinary elders, currently a retired philosophy professor. You can find her writing in Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Women, in the upcoming 2018 Red Wheelbarrow Writers anthology, and chapbooks around Bellingham. She is proud of organizing poets and speakers for Bellingham Women’s Marches.

Leslie caught the poem, Fish Is Plural for Fish, while fishing on the Wynoochee River. Despite the poem’s claims, it was heavily edited with help from a friend, Ann Morris.

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*Copyright 2018 by Leslie Wharton. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.

on poetry

July 7, 2018

“There’s a difference between writing about something and living through it.”
Margaret Walker
(July 7, 1915 – November 30, 1998)

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book arts

July 6, 2018

Okay, before you get too excited, the available slots for literary artists/writers are already full. But if The Collaboratory rings your chimes, you can get on a mailing list in case of cancellations and be notified when the next round of signups begins.

Brought to you by the geniuses at Container (Jenni B. Baker and Douglas Luman), The Collaboratory is a new creative accelerator that pairs literary and visual artists to collaborate on an artist’s book or text object. The theme for the pilot cohort is BREACHES.

Over the course of 13 weeks (August 13-November 11), Collaboratory members will participate in a guided series of virtual activities where they’ll get to know their assigned partner, collectively generate a pool of project ideas, prototype their text object’s design and text, and deliver and showcase their work virtually. Select Collaboratory members will also be invited to sell their completed objects through Container’s online marketplace.

No prior book arts experience is required: they’re looking for folks who want to learn as they go and who get excited by experimentation. For the pilot cohort, participation is limited to a total of 20 participants: 10 visual artists and 10 literary artists. The participant fee is $29. Enrollment is open through July 31, or until all of the cohort spots are filled.

For more information, including the 13-week agenda, details on the theme, and FAQs, visit the Collaboratory home page.

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