Letters, volume 1

November 14, 2017

Volume one of the Letters of Sylvia Plath has just been released by HarperCollins Publishers, an undertaking that The Guardian calls “tangled,” “fraught,” and “newsworthy.” This volume covers the period up to Plath’s marriage to Ted Hughes; a second volume is due next autumn.

The 1,424-page collection contains the full, unedited versions of Plath’s early letters (most from before she was 20). If that sounds daunting, Sarah Churchwell’s article in The Guardian may help.

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more poetry workshops!

November 13, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, two poetry workshops will benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

From 10:00am to Noon, Megan Spiegel (left, above) will offer Text + Image: A Hybrid Poetry Studio.

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Ely Shipley (right, above) will offer Presence Through Poetry.

The workshops, which cost $30 each or $50 for both, will be held at the Chuckanut Center in Fairhaven Park. Advance registration is required: send an email with your name, phone number, and workshop(s) you wish to take, to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com. Pay with check or cash at the workshop and be sure to bring writing materials.

Read the complete workshop descriptions and instructor bios on the Workshops page.

Since You Ghosted*

November 12, 2017


2017 Merit Award
By Darian Karuza

The sun is a mosquito zapper
sizzling on the veranda,
calving Earth’s shadow
over a lawn of dewy comets.
I am the chrysalis duskywing
ascending latticework to its warmth.

I passed your cross
on the shoulder of the parkway
the other day. It sent crushed ice
sliding down my spine. Who
was Caroline? I can barely remember.

Maybe, what we call a phantom
is just someone’s fiery iron
mass now cast
as a cool brown dwarf,
a shade of human heat,
calfprints in memory
foam,
                    gravity wells
of a supergone black hole,
an unthawable head cold.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2017 by Darian Karuza. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.

the poetry of war

November 11, 2017

On Veteran’s Day it seems appropriate to note that the Dean F. Echenberg War Poetry Collection has found a home at The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Echenberg’s collection includes over 6,500 volumes: “works by men, women and children of all nationalities, languages and conflicts…from the first appearance of the written word to the present day.” It also includes related anthologies, manuscripts, biographies, bibliographies, links to online resources, critical examinations, reviews, etc. The collection is searchable online by author or conflict.

To learn more, visit The Dean Echenberg War Poetry Collection and blog and see the Harry Ransom Center press release.

on poetry

November 10, 2017


“Cultivate possibility through a willed variety of influences.”
Tod Marshall
(b. November 10, 1967)

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La Conner two-fer

November 9, 2017

La Conner, Washington, will host two poetry events on Saturday, November 18, 2017:

  • WORKSHOP. At 1:00pm, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will conduct a workshop on Ekphrastic Poetry. The workshop will be held at the Museum of Northwest Art. Cost: $25, 10% discount to Museum members.
  • READING. At 6:00pm, Tod Marshall will host poets Tom Robbins, Tess Gallagher, Samuel and Sally Green, Alice Derry, Michael Daley and Jennifer Boyden for an evening of poetry from the pages of Washington 129. The event, which will be held at Maple Hall, is free.

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photo by Walter Siegmund

next week in Anacortes

November 6, 2017

Take in one more delicious helping of poetry before Thanksgiving. On Friday, November 17, 2017, poets Tim McNulty and Lorraine Healy will read a selection of new and published poems. Join them at 7:00pm at the Third Friday Poetry Reading at Pelican Bay Books and Coffeehouse in Anacortes.

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