9-1-14 feature — Mary Emma Koles (alt.lib)

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Mary Emma Koles won the Gerald Stern Poetry Prize in 2009 and the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize in 2012. Her poems have been published in The Dirty Napkin, Mississippi Review, New Millennium Writings, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Her greatest loves are jazz, rap, olives, and grammar. She owns a writing center in the Washington, DC area, where she and her outstanding teachers do their best every day to show hundreds of students what it feels like to fall in love with words.

Tonight we’re at the Alternative Library!
1417 Railroad Avenue (next door to Casa Que Pasa)
Bellingham, WA 98227-9719
http://altlib.org/ :: (360) 312-4287

Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp!
Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Tonight’s host is TBA
Tonight’s featured poet is Mary Koles

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

Learn more about tonight’s feature and our other projects at http://poetrynight.org

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PARCHED

I am there again, in the desert with the mule.
We are sterile and sad.

I watch her lumber toward the dunes
and it is strange, such a mass trudging through the sand.

A camel has its spindly legs, but the mule is all hock
and dullness. Night comes and sand becomes brackish dust

beneath our ugly feet. She bores of my body.
We lay our gifts beneath stars.

The mule holds my ankles and I hers.
We feed each other salt in the dark.

8-25-14

This week we tried out a new thing, something we’re probably going to carry on a quarterly basis: mini-features! Short, local segments; a chance for some of our own to stretch their wings. Fly with us, & enjoy!

Mini-features - Rebel Waste, Andrew ‘the Beast’ Shore, Dee-dee Chapman & Angela Belcaster

Please send any corrections to the spelling of names to podcast@poetrynight.org

Directed: DobbieReeseNorris

Produced: Boris D. Schleinkofer

Hey Poets! Want to hear yourself on the podcast? Your chances will be greatly improved if you will but STEP TO THE MIC—it’s there for you, it is indeed your friend.

For a complete archive of all podcast episodes, visit podcast.poetrynight.org. Comments, criticisms and trolls to podcast@poetrynight.org Podcast © 2014 poetrynight

All poems © Rebel Waste, Andrew ‘the Beast’ Shore, Dee-dee Chapman & Angela Belcaster

Been Wonderin’ ‘Bout Warfel?

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Time to get excited….the judging has begun!
We’ve been kicking it into high gear lately with the 2014 Ken Warfel Fellowship; we’ve assembled a panel of esteemed colleagues for our judges and begun the first round of deliberations.
Here’s how we tricked these people into doing it:
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" What we’re asking of you is pretty straightforward & should be brief. We’ve done our best to keep it simple & low-maintenance.

Attached to this email you will find two documents, the “Master Applicant Doc” & the “Master Poetry Doc”. We’ve taken out the applicants’ names, of course, but anyone with access to Google could easily do a little research & figure identities out—we’re asking you to resist that urge. Pretend you don’t know who these people are. It’ll be more fun that way.

What we’d like you to do is to go through these documents & rank them from one to eleven, with number one being the applicant you feel was the best. Our criteria are:

1. Community involvement – the poet is actively working in the poetry community by reading, recruiting new writers, reaching out and supporting other developing writers, frequently performing or reading, hosting a venue and working to further the art.

2. Working poet – applicant is writing /producing poetry on a regular basis.

3. Poetry – quality of their poetry, creativity of work submitted.

These are merely suggestions, however; whatever system you use to evaluate will be entirely at your discretion. We’ll trust you. If you feel like adding commentary, it’ll be welcomed.

Every page of these documents features a double-letter designation at the top. This is how we’re telling people apart; when ranking your list of applicants, please refer to them by these designations.

Easy, huh?

We’re asking that you get back to us by August 31 with your results, so that we can make our announcement by September 21.

Thanks for helping us out; we appreciate & respect your opinions, & your contribution adds a great deal. We’re making this happen! “
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And, oh yes, we are indeed making it happen; stay tuned for updates as this thing progresses.

So, yeah, that’s what we’ve been up to.

8-25-14 Mini-Features! A 4-fer! (Alt.Lib)

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We’re back to our regular time-slot, & oooooh, you’re in for a treat—four for the price of one. Which is free, & which makes it even greater! Come down to the Alternative Library & see Andrew Shore, Megan Anderson, Rebel Waste & Angela Belcaster all in one go! How could you go wrong with a lineup like that? Answer: you couldn’t.

Tonight we’re at the Alternative Library!
1417 Railroad Avenue (next door to Casa Que Pasa)
Bellingham, WA 98227-9719
http://altlib.org/ :: (360) 312-4287

Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp!
Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Tonight’s host is TBA
Tonight’s featured poets are Andrew Shore, Megan Anderson, Rebel Waste & Angela Belcaster

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

Learn more about tonight’s feature and our other projects at http://poetrynight.org

8-18-14

Mark Luther Anderson is our current Warfel Fellow & all-around nice-guy; he blew us kisses that flew through the air & hit us like wrenches. Tool up, & enjoy!

Feature - Mark Luther Anderson

Please send any corrections to the spelling of names to podcast@poetrynight.org

Directed: Tiffany Geaudreau

Produced: Boris D. Schleinkofer

Hey Poets! Want to hear yourself on the podcast? Your chances will be greatly improved if you will but STEP TO THE MIC—it’s there for you, it is indeed your friend.

For a complete archive of all podcast episodes, visit podcast.poetrynight.org. Comments, criticisms and trolls to podcast@poetrynight.org Podcast © 2014 poetrynight

All poems © Mark Luther Anderson

8-18-14 poetrynight with Mark Anderson (Adagio)

Two special treats in one night! Our current Warfel Fellow Mark Anderson returns with us triumphantly to the Adagio Caffe! Note the earlier start-time of 6:30-9 PM


Mark L Anderson is a poet from Spokane, WA. He has competed at both the National Poetry Slam and the individual World Poetry Slam, and is the 2012 Ken Warfel Fellow. His poems have been displayed at the Spokane Museum of Arts and Culture, the Chase Gallery, and in publications such as Rock & Sling, and The Far Field. He runs the internet poetry open mic URIRL (u r in real life). In his spare time he dreams of being a noir detective and solving once and for all the mystery of how we got to where we are.

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WASHING THE DISHES

Turn the water on too hot.
Squeeze in too much soap. Pretend
you are drowning. Cloak your
wounds in the yellow decay.
Fill the sink with plates and knives.
Scrub it all away until
the past is so sparkling clean

your friends smile and eat off it.
Not a white tooth in the house
when the sun rises on this
hung-over fortress of youth,
the lazy yellow fire
assaulting sweaty lines on
foreheads, still almost asleep.

These self portraits you plunge beneath
sunken history shrivel
until they don’t look like you,
here with the plates, removing
what is left when a meal is done.
The future will take shape when
the residue is gone.

The morning will come to you:
esophagus purging the
acrid result of honey
down a stale ceramic bowl,
hiding your face, sick with shame
at what your obsession meant,
what they knew but couldn’t see.

But at this moment you’re here,
parting what’s cut from the blade,
believing in hidden knives
below the dirty water
of this stainless sink. You know
they can cut you. You believe
even you can be washed clean.

Tonight we’re at Caffe Adagio!
1435 Railroad Ave,
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 671-1198

Doors and sign-up at 6:30pm. Poetry begins at 7:00pm sharp!
Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Tonight’s host is TBA
Tonight’s featured poet is Mark Anderson

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

Learn more about tonight’s feature and our other projects at http://poetrynight.org

8-11-14

David Horowitz baked his sweet bread with us at just the right heat; enjoy a slice!

Feature - David Horowitz

Please send any corrections to the spelling of names to podcast@poetrynight.org

Directed: DobbieReeseNorris

Produced: Boris D. Schleinkofer

Hey Poets! Want to hear yourself on the podcast? Your chances will be greatly improved if you will but STEP TO THE MIC—it’s there for you, it is indeed your friend.

For a complete archive of all podcast episodes, visit podcast.poetrynight.org. Comments, criticisms and trolls to podcast@poetrynight.org Podcast © 2014 poetrynight

All poems © David Horowitz

8-11-14 feature—David Horowitz (BPL)

David D. Horowitz manages Rose Alley Press, which has published fifteen books since he founded it in 1995. These include his most recent collections—Sky Above the Temple and Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke—and two popular Northwest poetry anthologies—Many Trails to the Summit and Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range. David’s poems have appeared in Candelabrum, The New Formalist, The Lyric, The Smoking Poet, and many other journals, and his essays regularly appear in Exterminating Angel. David organizes many readings in the Seattle area, and he maintains a website: www.rosealleypress.com.

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ROUGH DAY

Today—ten terror bombings in Iraq,
A rape and murder down my block,
And apricot translucence, quarter moon
Of silent distance yielding to maroon-
Black night. This brawl of appetite, most life,
Can rest and dream till dawn, the bruising light.

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Tonight we’re at the Bellingham Public Library!
210 Central Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98227
(Use the back fountain entry.)
bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp!
Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Tonight’s host is DobbieReeseNorris
Tonight’s featured poet is David Horowitz

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

Learn more about tonight’s feature and our other projects at http://poetrynight.org

8-4-14 open mic at the Alternative Library!

Tonight we’re at the Alternative Library!
1417 Railroad Avenue (next door to Casa Que Pasa)
Bellingham, WA 98227-9719
http://altlib.org/ :: (360) 312-4287

Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp!
Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Tonight’s host is TBA
Tonight’s featured poet is TBA

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

Learn more about tonight’s feature and our other projects at http://poetrynight.org

7-28-14

Lauren Gilmore is another one of those deceptive young poets who creep up & surprise you; the Nationals may have sidelined her, but you can bet we didn’t miss her in cloud print pajamas, racing down the block & inhaling icicles. Enjoy!

Feature - Lauren Gilmore

Please send any corrections to the spelling of names to podcast@poetrynight.org

Directed: DobbieReeseNorris

Produced: Boris D. Schleinkofer

Hey Poets! Want to hear yourself on the podcast? Your chances will be greatly improved if you will but STEP TO THE MIC—it’s there for you, it is indeed your friend.

For a complete archive of all podcast episodes, visit podcast.poetrynight.org. Comments, criticisms and trolls to podcast@poetrynight.org Podcast © 2014 poetrynight

All poems © Lauren Gilmore