7-28-14 featured poet—Lauren Gilmore (Alt.Lib)

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 Erica Reed
Tonight’s featured poet is Lauren Gilmore

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

Bio:
Lauren Gilmore lives in Spokane, WA. Her work has appeared in Riverlit, The Wire Harp, and is forthcoming in Seattle’s Floating Bridge Review #7. In 2013, she became the youngest poet to win Spokane Poetry Slam’s yearly Grand Slam, qualifying her for both the national and world poetry slams. Though sidelined due to age restrictions, she traveled with the team to nationals, acting as a coach, and was a spotlighted performer on the Individual World Poetry Slam finals stage later that year. She is the 2014 recipient of the Richard Baldasty Award for poetry. She writes poems, stories, love letters, and an excessive amount of question marks.

LAST PACK OF CIGARETTES

If springtime ever breaks over Browne’s addition
and thaws the sleet and snow from those streets
lined with mansions the city refurbished
and divided to rent out as apartments
you occupied at various points in your life,

an exposed pack of cigarettes
will sit on the pavement.

Maybe a squirrel will appear then
and nibble through the packaging.
Get sick from so much manmade poison
—die, even. Then we would have to bury
the squirrel next to your ashes.
Next winter, the snow would cover you
both, everything coming full circle.

The squirrel won’t know
that was supposed to have been
your very last pack.

It won’t remember me in cloud print pajamas
racing down the block, inhaling icicles, snow boots
with no socks, hair stringy and stuck to my face
after you said to bury them
somewhere you’d never find.
Or how my hands turned pink and raw
from digging through ice.

It won’t know about us at all.
We will try to convince ourselves
we are bigger
more significant
than the squirrel.
We will act as though we are not
just as small, just as alone.

Memories get heavier the day we realize
we are the only ones still trying to lift them.

7-21-14

Mary Eliza Crane & Peggy Barnett both originally came from the Right Coast. Or maybe the Other Coast. But now they’re here! Enjoy!

Feature - Mary Eliza Crane & Peggy Barnett

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

Directed: Erica Reed

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 © Mary Eliza Crane & Peggy Barnett

7-19-14 POETS IN THE PARK Poetry Festival

Our friend Michael Dylan Welch from Redmond, WA, told us about this:

Poets in the Park
Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 11am and 5pm
Anderson Park, 7802 168th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA

Join us this Saturday for Poets in the Park, a free poetry picnic, festival, and bookfair, open to the public (families welcome). Poetry readings on three stages / drop-in workshops / open-mic readings / bring a picnic lunch / poetry labyrinth / art installations / outdoor café (coffee, pastries, and ice cream available). For more info, visit http://www.redmond.gov/poetlaureate. Bring your poetry books to sell at the bookfair, with sales facilitated by Parkplace Books. Sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, directed by Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond poet laureate.

Readers include:
Elizabeth Austen (Washington State Poet Laureate)
Kelli Russell Agodon
Peggy Barnett
Mary Baylor
Laura Lee Bennett
Katherine Grace Bond
Jennifer Bullis
Dennis Caswell
Lyn Coffin
Clark Crouch
Gaul Culley
Victoria Ford
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Jerome Gold
Joseph Green
Del Gustafson
Mary Hake
Jackie Haskins
David Horowitz
Donald Kentop
Lynn Kopelke
Jared Leising
Tanya McDonald
Rebecca Meredith
Leonie Mikele
Dawn-Marie Oliver
Ken Osborne
Michelle Penaloza
Judith Roche
Stephen Roxborough
Raul Sanchez
Michelle Schaefer
Michael Schein
Douglas Schuder
Tim Sherry
Judt Shrode
Michael Spence
Joannie Stangeland
Carmen Sterba
Adora Svitak
Megan Tanner
Angela Terry
Richard Tice
Samantha Updegrave
Michael Dylan Welch
Carolyne Wright
and more!

Groups and organizations include:
Black Heron Press
Cowboy Poets
Greenwood Poets
Haiku Northwest
LitFuse
MoonPath Press
NeoPoeisis Press
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA Program
Parkplace Books
Redmond Arts & Culture Commission
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Rose Alley Press
Two Sylvias Press

Activities/Installations:
Haiku Kite (add a haiku to the kite’s tail)
Haiku on Sticks (view poems by Haiku Northwest members)
Poetry Labyrinth (walk the labyrinth and decorate it with lines of your poetry)
RASP on Sticks (view poems from the RASP anthology)
Weathergrams (make poem strips to hang on trees and bushes)

See you at Poets in the Park!

7-21-14 featued poets: Mary Eliza Crane & Peggy Barnett (BPL)

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 TBA
Tonight’s featured poets are Mary Eliza Crane & Peggy Barnett

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.

So, that’s us, now here’s them:

Peggy Barnett was born in 1945 and grew up in Queens, New York in the 1950’s. She graduated from The Cooper Union with a degree in Fine Art. She opened a studio in NYC in 1968 and was a photographer for 45 years. In 2006 she moved to Woodinville, WA. Peggy knows that the Northwest is beautiful, but memories of the past haunt her: the Holocaust, growing up Jewish in an Italian and Irish neigborhood, the atomic bomb, Junior High School, and childhood’s distant happenings arise in her poetry in a Proustian dream. The present on the West Coast is always interrupted by the past of the East Coast. Her poetic memoirs dwell on the specifics of unending change. Her first book is titled “On Your Left!” She is a member of the Northend Band of Poets and reads in Portland, in the Puget Sound area, and SF.

The Longest Word


It was in the school yard of PS 89, Queens, in 1955
that I first heard the longest word
of my life:
“antidisestablishmentarianism”.
Ralph Hammelbacher said it fastest:
“antidisestablishmentarianism”……
and we each repeated it ourselves
amazed at our brilliance,
at our ability to so conquer the English language.

“Antidisestablishmentarianism”
we whipped out the word
while sitting at the soda parlor counter
the jukebox playing Bing Crosby singing
“Would you like to swing on a star?”
as we ate the scrumptious banana splits
Mr. Wolke concocted
out of his homemade ice cream
the secret recipe for which he
bought with him from Vienna
after the War.
He never put his bananas in the refrigerator
“No, no, no no, no, no, no”.
They melted, sweet and ripe
under the vanilla scented whipped cream.

I rolled it out again quickly
trippingly on my tongue
“antidisestablishmentarianism”.
But it wasn’t bigger than the
word we had learned yesterday in science:
“Hydrogen”.
That word was really scary, because it was
followed by the small word:
“bomb”.


—————————————————————

Mary Eliza Crane is a native of New England who settled into the Cascade foothills of the Pacific Northwest many years ago. A regular feature at poetry venues in the Puget Sound region, she has read her poetry from Woodstock to LA. Mary has two volumes of poetry What I Can Hold In My Hands (Gazoobi Tales Publishing, 2009) and At First Light (Gazoobi Tales Publishing 2011). Her work has also appeared in Raven Chronicles, The Cartier Street Review, Quill and Parchment, The Far Field, and several anthologies. She is working on her third book.


LIVING ALONE

I become quickly accustomed to living alone
small simple meals
hummus and figs
spinach and eggs
rice, a few slices of cheese.
I no longer track the comings and goings
of not yet adults
piles of shoes
plates on the counter
sudden changes of mood.
There is never a full load of laundry.
The well does not run dry.
Baths are long and luxurious
hot and scented
patchouli or cedar in salt.

I lock the door at night now
like a woman who lives alone in the woods
at peace with the wolves
but not so sure of the hunters.
I slip into cool sheets
and drift into twilight sleep.
My lovers are old men
face cradled in soft chests
of gray bristling hair,
a mirror of uncluttered want
communion of pure need.

Got all that?

7-14-14

We have to admit—we have a Boehner for Matthew Yasuoka; once you hear this podcast, you’ll know exactly why. Dare we say it? You will too. Enjoy!

Feature - Matthew Yasuoka

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

Directed: Thom A. Davis

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 © Matthew Yasuoka

7-14-14 featured poet - Matthew Yasuoka (BPL)

Herer’s what we know:

Bio: Matthew Yasuoka is sometimes a writer and other times a poet. He lives in Forest Grove, OR and studies politics. He has broken hearts and is really sorry about it.

Come find out with us!

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 TBA
Tonight’s featured poet is Matthew Yasuoka

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.

open mic 7-7-14 at the BPL!

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 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.

Can you dig the 7-7? We knew ya could. Aww, yeah.

6-30-14

Kerry Cox Lee hides great reservoirs of something unexpected behind her demure appearance; don’t let the soft-spoken lullaby fool you—she’s a firecracker! Bang! Enjoy! Bang bang bang!

Feature - Kerry Cox Lee

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 © Kerry Cox Lee

6-30-14 featured poet—Kerry Cox Lee (BPL)

Kerry Cox Lee is a Seattle poet who spent 7 years in New Orleans writing and performing poetry. Her poems have been published in Journeys, online whispers & [Shouts], origami condom, On the Cusp and received Honorable Mention in Anthology magazine’s annual poetry contest. She has self-published three books: Rainbow Karma, A Month of Sundays, and Imagined Histories. She has also compiled and edited the 2011 and 2012 Seattle Erotic Art Festival Anthologies.

A strong advocate for poetry as a therapeutic tool, she offers workshops and writing groups using poetry as a healing tool. As a troupe member of Little Red Studio in Seattle, she was responsible for the preparation and production of the poetry set for each show and the weekly open mic. Kerry has also read her original poetry as sacred text for the monthly SoulSong Services at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church.

She is currently serving as a Founder and Steering Committee member of Floating Mountain Poets, Literary Art Director for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival.

Specialties: original poetry, spoken word, performance, theater, hosting open mics, self-publishing, event planning, commissioned work, erotic art, poetry therapy, anthologies, editing, content director, zines

Diggit!

It’s Monday! 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 Kerry Cox Lee

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.

So this is, like, pretty much your last chance…

The open call for entries for the 2014 Ken Warfel Fellowship Award is closing on the 21st. Of this month.

That’s only a couple days away. This means that, if you’ve been dragging your heels or sitting on your hands or doing some other interesting things with your bodies that might have distracted you from making your submission, then it’s time to quit playing with yourselves & COME PLAY WITH US!

Seriously, all joking aside, you really should do it.

2014 Applicant Guidelines

• Applicants must have resided in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana or Washington for no less than 3 years. Applications of former residents will be considered, provided they have not lived outside the specified region for more than 1 year.

• Applicants must be at least 18 years of age as of January 1, 2014.

• All applicant materials must be sent by email to:

fellowship@poetrynight.org

**Some people have noticed problems sending to the above address; if it’s giving you grief, try boris.d.s@gmail.com instead. Thanks.**

• Applicant materials:

• Please write a one-page cover letter. Include your full name, birth date, mailing address, and email address. Also include no more than 500 words addressing your contributions to your poetry community.

• Please include a sample of your work numbering 6 to 10 poems, totaling no more than 20 pages.

• Applicant materials should be sent as a single .doc or .rtf attachment. Other formats will not be considered. Or maybe they will. We’re not totalitarians.

• All required materials must be received by June 21, 2014

Rocket-cat says:

"Don’t be late! Applicate!"

We strongly advise you take rocket-cat’s suggestion.