on poetry

December 2, 2022

[on ballads] “…it was the simple singing words again and not the over intellectual poetry which is so difficult for so many people including me to really understand at all.”
Helen Adam
(December 2, 1909 – September 19, 1993)

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more on Helen Adam, and yet more

a few more local connections

November 29, 2022


Last week we posted an admittedly incomplete list of books published in 2022 by poets with Cascadia connections. There’s no consolidated site for such information, so any list is bound to be an artifact of memory and happy accident. Herewith, a few more titles that have shown up for your gift shopping possibilities:

If you have titles to add, please leave a comment!

plaques

November 13, 2022

The Walk Award winning poems from the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest have now been installed on the Poetry Walk in front of the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Avenue, downtown. They will remain in place for about a year. Take a stroll on the Poetry Walk and stop in to see the beautifully remodeled library (now open Sundays).

on poetry

November 10, 2022

“A teacher can teach almost anybody to write a good poem. That is, one that follows the old rules of rhetoric, tone, structure, symbolism. They’re laboratory poems. They look very like the real thing, as artificial flowers do. What they lack is life.”
Karl Shapiro
(November 10, 1913 – May 14, 2000)

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on poetry

November 5, 2022

“While in prison, reading was what I needed to beat back all that noise and silence, those horrible silences. In the end, an ink pen was the only way to carve a voice out of the air and have others hear it.”
Reginald Dwayne Betts
(b. November 5, 1980)

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Day 1: GO!

November 1, 2022

It’s November and that means it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Like NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), the idea is to structure your month around massive, ambitious writing. We’re talking first drafts here. Banging it out. For NaNoWriMo, that means writing 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. That may not be your whole novel but it’s a darn good start. And if writing a novel is simply not on your radar, you can still use the “tools, structure, community, and encouragement” to write poetry… or non-fiction… or music… or…

Whatever you accomplish during November will give you material to chew on over the long, dark days of winter. It’s Day 1: go!

on poetry

October 31, 2022

“I have over the years come to believe in the poem not as a singular entity, precise, refined and complete in the space of its words on its page, but more an accumulation of the experiences those words encourage. The processes that flow in and out of them, the sonic experiences, the interior experiences, the social experiences. But even the actual things keep falling apart.”
Joshua Beckman
(b. October 31, 1971)

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searching for news

October 30, 2022

Sometimes it’s just a slow news day.

books for fall…

October 29, 2022

The poetry books, and lists of recommended titles, just keep coming!

Cozy up with a poetry book (or two)… and happy reading!

on poetry

October 25, 2022

“I start with sound first. I don’t have line breaks when I start. It’s just a free flow of writing that takes me all the way through. Then I have a score. The next stage is the images.”
Gary Copeland Lilley
(b. October 25)

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