a mother poem

May 9, 2021

Elizabeth Vignali ~ My Mother's Afterlife

In honor of Mother’s Day, we repost “My Mother’s Afterlife” by Elizabeth Vignali. The poem was selected as a 2012 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Merit Award winner and Vignali is currently serving as a judge for the 2021 contest. You can see her on Zoom at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

My Mother’s Afterlife
By Elizabeth Vignali

She prepares for our arrival —
brushes pine needles off the table,
unfurls the checkered cloth
with a snap
of her wrist.
Mourning doves hush
as she stacks clacking
kindling next to the firepit
dead with ashes.
When she ceases
they cry to each other
across the shrouding mist.
She sets out canvas
camping chairs and rests
in the one nearest the pond.
She has years to wait.

A nymph lumbers from under
the verdant surface
onto a cow lily and dances
into its dragonfly shape.
New wings unfurled, it sees her
with many eyes.
It clings to the old body, its pale
new one jewelling blue-green.

*Copyright 2012 by Elizabeth Vignali. Placard design by Egress Studio.


June 7, 2013

PeaceHealth St. Joseph

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means that studios, galleries and museums will be open for Art Walk. In addition to viewing a multitude of artwork in Downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven, mosey on over to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for the opening reception of “Elements of Contemporary Landscape” (photographs by Scott Williams and paintings by Susie Wind) AND a display of the Winning Poems of the 2012 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest!

The reception takes place 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Grounds & Grains Cafe in the East Tower Hall, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. The exhibit continues through September 29, 2013.

2012 in review

December 31, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Friday reading in Olympia…

November 26, 2012

Godiva Speaks ~ 30 November 2012

Art Kitchen and the Olympia Poetry Network present some of Olympia’s most dearly loved poets, including Barbara Gibson, Bonnie Jo Jones, Elizabeth St Louis, Emily Van Kley, Grayce Forsythe, Jeanne Lohmann, Madison Bennett-Ponsford, Mimi Alcántar, Sandra Yannone and Terri Cohlene, plus the piano musings of Ami Aika. 6:30pm, Friday, November 30, 2012, Traditions Café.

The Homeboy Ballads

November 6, 2012

Robert Lashley at Honey Moon

Come celebrate poetry, voice and vision with Robert Lashley as he debuts The Homeboy Ballads (Selected Poems 2007 -2012) on Thursday, November 8, 2012, 8:30pm, at Honeymoon, 1053 N. State Street (alley), Bellingham. Opening performances by Charlie and Boris D. Schleinkofer. Ambient musical accompaniment by S. Casey.

SpeakEasy 9: Road Trip

November 5, 2012

SpeakEasy 9 ~ Road Trip

SpeakEasy 9: Road Trip
Sunday, November 11, 2012 – 7:00pm
The Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham

The community poetry series SpeakEasy presents 24 local poets reading work related to the theme of Road Trip. Most pieces are based on actual experience, but some are imaginary, metaphoric, and, well, unclassifiable! This event is free, with donations to The Amadeus Project appreciated.

The poets are: Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Matthew Brouwer, Nancy Canyon, Susan J. Erickson, Arlene Feld, Paul Fisher, Dick Harris, J.I. Kleinberg, David M. Laws, Sandra F. Lucke, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Peter Messinger, Jim Milstead, Keith Moul, Kevin Murphy, Trish Paulson, Timothy Pilgrim, Paul Piper, C.J. Prince, Paul Sarvasy, Colleen Schwartz, Harvey Schwartz, Betty Scott and Sheila Sondik (not necessarily in that order).


October 9, 2012

Poetry Workshops October-November 2012

We’ve added two more workshops to the stellar Fall lineup! Reminder: Brenda Miller and Kathleen Flenniken will each teach a workshop to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest this Saturday, October 13, 2012. Plus, we now have all the details on workshops with Rachel Ballard and Casey Fuller, coming up on November 17.

Read all about them on the WORKSHOPS! page, and then sign up!

Banned Books Week

September 27, 2012


Banned Books Week, observing its 30-year anniversary September 30 through October 6, 2012, highlights the benefits of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.

How will you participate?

Village Books, in Bellingham, will host a Banned Books Week Read-Out on Sunday, September 30, 2 to 4pm. In addition to the store’s annual, much-commented-upon banned books display, community members will read a banned text or talk about a book banning event. Village Books will record and post videos of each person as part of the nationwide Virtual Read-Out.

The Whatcom County Library Foundation invites the public to an open house to “Celebrate the Freedom to Read” on Saturday, October 6, 2 to 4pm at the Ferndale Public Library.

Show your support for the freedom to read. Check your local library and independent bookstore for Banned Books Week displays and events. Look over lists of the 10 most challenged titles of 2011 and 97 banned or challenged classics. Here’s a list of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990-1999 and 2000-2009. See a short 2010 list of banned poems, thanks to Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation. Watch a Banned Books Week video created by Bookmans, an independent bookstore with six locations in Arizona. Like Banned Books Week on Facebook. Read a banned book.

there’s still time!

September 23, 2012

Northwest Bookfest 2012
Northwest Bookfest



Northwest Bookfest 2012

September 14, 2012

Northwest Bookfest 2012
Did you ever notice that just about the time you decide to take a workshop or attend a reading or go to a conference, you discover another, equally tempting, workshop or reading or conference happening the same day? Well, here we go again!

Just a few days ago, we posted Michael Schein’s invitation to LiTFUSE, September 21-23 in Tieton, Washington. Now there’s the Northwest Bookfest, September 22-23 in Kirkland, Washington.

Northwest Bookfest promises an exhilarating agenda of panels, workshops, readings and vendors over the course of two days. All events are free.

Featured authors include Ivan Doig, Elizabeth George, David Guterson, Tony Angell, and among many poets, Jeannine Hall Gailey, David D. Horowitz, Christopher Jarmick, Jack McCarthy and Jack Prelutsky.

To see the complete lineup and schedule and learn more about Northwest Bookfest 2012, visit the Bookfest website.

And good luck deciding where you’re spending your weekend!

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