poetry, three ways

August 14, 2019

It will be poetry three ways as Alaska poet John Morgan, his son Jeffrey Morgan, and Jeffrey’s wife, Carla Conforto, read poetry from their latest books, The Moving Out: Early Collected Poems (Salmon Publishing), The Last Note Becomes Its Listener (Conduit Books), and Popular Piety (Dancing Girl), respectively.

Please join them for a lively 7:00pm reading on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Village Books in Bellingham.

Architecture Stolen from Animals - Carla Conforto
By Carla Conforto
2016 Merit Award

I spy on birds with binoculars, but I want
their nests, to unwind the mess:
brittle leaves, dried branches, cracked mud,
peel away their trash built homes;
the objects, the plastic, rips of ribbon, newspaper,
straw wrappers, the shiny
metals. For every Bird a nest.

What I make you wouldn’t want. But the delicate
homes of honey bees, the expansive
wasp nest, the condominium living of wispy
cardboard; the layers are persuasive:
a circle to curl into. I pick pocket
purple blue abandoned mussel shells five times.
The translucent skin from a snake: Finding
is the first Act
. And then? All the debris
I wrap myself in.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Carla Conforto. Broadside illustration by Kim Wulfestieg

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