on poetry

April 16, 2018


“Wasn’t it strange that a poem, written in my vocabulary and as a result of my own thoughts or observations, could, when it was finished, manage to show me something I hadn’t already known?”
Tracy K. Smith
(b. April 16, 1972)

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Tracy K. Smith has recently accepted an appointment to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2018-2019. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

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You are invited to attend a free Whatcom Advocates presentation by four artists/poets on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, at the Whatcom Museum/Old City Hall Rotunda Room.

Sheila Sondik, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Canyon, and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg will share their work, processes, and inspiration. For bios and additional information, see the Whatcom Museum event page.

on poetry

March 27, 2018

“Real poetry is a party, a wild party, a party where anything might happen. A party from which you may never return home.”
Dorothea Lasky
(b. March 27, 1978)

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quote from Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011)
photo by Eileen Myles

Tucked away in the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Cumberland calls itself “a bustling village.” Home to some 3,700 souls, it’s an area known for hiking, biking, and refreshing dips in glacier-fed Comox Lake. If an end-of-summer visit sounds tempting, consider enrolling in the Deep in Cascadia Poetics Retreat, September 6-9, 2018.

A no-frills gathering of up to 30 participants, Deep in Cascadia will focus on “our role as poets and bioregionalists at this time of ecological crisis and end-stage empire, and to support one another in our efforts to create the deepest gestures in response to this situation and how that relates to Cascadia.”

See the complete description and schedule, visit the Cascadia Poetics LAB.

on poetry

March 18, 2018


“All a poet can do today is warn.”
Wilfred Owen
(March 18, 1893 – November 4, 1918)

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quote from the Preface to Poems of Wilfred Owen

what’s your brand?

March 8, 2018

Adweek isn’t usually the go-to publication for poetry news, but Brands Are Using Poetry to Cut Through the Noise and Grab Viewers’ Attention caught our attention and may interest you. Time to monetize your poetry?

keys-a-clacking

March 6, 2018

It has been a while since we mentioned typewriter poetry, but here’s a terrific addition to the collection: a program for youth, grades 7 to 12, at the Newton, Massachusetts, Free Library. Once a month, Typewriter Poetry group members gather to compose poems for visiting library patrons. See more in Wicked Local Newton.

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