Make Awake

January 1, 2019

Expedition Press

“MAKE AWAKE” was created as part of Myrna Keliher’s debut interdisciplinary art show, “Awake,” at Core Gallery, Seattle in June 2017. The limited-edition linocut, along with scores of other Cascadia-author broadsides and books, was printed by Expedition Press in Kingston, Washington.

The words seem an apt salute to the New Year. All best from The Poetry Department for a richly poetic 2019.



December 31, 2016


Warmest thanks to each of you for showing up here, for liking, commenting, and sharing. Thanks for sending along your own poetry news for these posts and for bringing more poetry into your community and the world. Whatever the challenges in the year ahead, poetry will help us express our doubts, certainties, and wonder, and will accompany us into our solitude and our gatherings.

Your host and companion, J.I. Kleinberg
The Poetry Department, post #2320, 31 December 2016.


December 30, 2015

2016 calendar
The year stretches out, just over the horizon. So much potential. What are your resolutions for 2016? Here are a few ideas to start your list:

  • Read more poetry.
  • Along the same lines, take a page from Ann Morgan’s TED talk and expand your vision by reading a book from every country in the world. (More here.)
  • Set aside a specific time to read a poem each day: when you wake up, over breakfast, during your bus commute, before bed.
  • Listen to poetry: find CDs in the library or browse The Poetry Archive, Poetry Out Loud, Penn Sound, and find many more links to poetry audio recordings on the Library of Congress web guide.
  • Write more poetry.
  • Try something entirely different with your poetry: rhyme it (or don’t), write a sonnet or a ghazal or a persona poem or whatever you’re least likely to write normally.
  • Print out one of your poems that’s “finished,” cut it up into individual words and reassemble it into a new poem, getting rid of unnecessary words and replacing those that could be juicier.
  • Ask for feedback.
  • Do something new with your poetry: slam it, submit it, memorize it.
  • Take a poetry workshop or class.
  • When you’re spending money on poetry, support poets, indie bookstores and independent publishers.
  • When you’re moved by a poem, write to the poet to say what you most loved about the poem.
  • Take a resolutions workshop for writers on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Village Books in Bellingham.
  • Start or join a poetry group: reading, writing, critique, whatever.

Resolved: to have a poetry-rich 2016.
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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

Best wishes for a new year packed with poetry!
Thanks for your visits, your Likes, your Comments and your follows. We’re always happy to know you’ve paid a visit to the Boynton Blog.

speaking of resolutions…

January 7, 2013

You were just talking about resolutions, right? Well if the New Year finds you determined to counter the sedentary nature of writing, the folks at Appnewser are watching out for you. Click on over to see their five free fitness and workout apps for the office.

a very Gaiman new year!

January 1, 2012

Neil Gaiman posterSometimes, somebody just gets it right.

Neil Gaiman gets it right, so we’re passing along this link to his New Year Wish. (The illustration is just part of it…click the link to see the rest.)

Happy New Year!
Gaiman poster

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