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
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.