Archive for February, 2013

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Love Poems of February #14 of 14

February 28, 2013

Here’s the 14th and final Love Poem for the Love Poems of February 2013.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

Prompt for today: Revise an older poem you’ve written in the past that might not have even been about love. Enjoy.
Enjoy.

Several poets challenged themselves to write some poetry every day, every other day or once a week this February. Always a good thing to push yourself to write more than you usually would and share your writing with others–no matter how imperfect the writing might be. Even if you haven’t been participating regularly…write a poem and share it with others.. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

Deep Breathing exercise
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Winds shift directions
without warning
brings air from different borders,
clears out smoke and ash.
And in the clear,
breathe deep,
breathe deep.

Sun breaks through clouds,
evaporates morning dew.
Shines golden light without prejudice,
warms the world.
And in the warmth
breathe deep,
breathe deep.

Night expands the universe,
stars show themselves
twinkle and wink from the heavens,
a show worth remembering,
breathe deep
breathe deep.

Love is real
in compassion, empathy,
faith and
human touch
breathe deep
breathe deep

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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Love Poems of February #13 of 14

February 26, 2013

Here’s the 13th of 14 new poems that have something to do with love that I plan to write during February.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

Prompt for today: Relate a unique place (or time and place) with Love in a poem.
Enjoy.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

When you think Love is gone forever
By Christopher J. Jarmick

It seems
as unlikely
you’ll find a
crab 200 feet up in the air
atop the rainforest canopy in Borneo
as you will someone
who will share your life
for more than a few weeks.

Since there are crabs
in trees in Borneo
you best keep an open heart
and a less cynical mind.

 

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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Love Poems of February #12 of 14

February 24, 2013

Here’s the 12th of 14 new poems that have something to do with love that I plan to write during February.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

The idea for today’s poem was to write one with a different tone/voice or perspective. Enjoy.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

NOT a cYnical Love Poem
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Love is a commodity

used

not just idealized to
sell something

but as an ego-stroke
or a piece of real estate to own

something for the man or woman
who has everything

or nothing at all
to possess,

but that means
love is priceless and cheap

and if there is something that’s as free
as government cheese

is it worth having?
‘Well don’t we always want what we can’t have?’

says the man on TV,
repeating what the drunk

in the bar
said last night.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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Love Poems of February #11 of 14

February 23, 2013

Here’s the 11th of 14 new poems that have something to do with love that I plan to write during February.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

I purposefully did NOT want to use a specific prompt for this. Yet force/allow something to be written. Enjoy.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

Love in the Abstract
By
Christopher J. Jarmick

I didn’t want this poem about love
to repeat
something I wrote earlier.
I didn’t want it inspired by a prompt
popular song lyric, or a visual from a photograph
painting, or a scene from a movie.
I imagined an abstract painting
with strait, angled and curved lines
where colors
represented various emotions,
but I couldn’t hold one image of this
clearly enough
to describe it with words.

 

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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Love Poems of February #10 of 14

February 21, 2013

Here’s the 10th of 14 new poems that have something to do with love that I plan to write during February.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

Love’s Myth was the subject of today’s prompt.     Enjoy.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

Love’s Fault
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Love
doesn’t create the hurricane

the floods,the disarray or
the remarks of bad timing.

It happens
as it’s supposed to and

it’s the resistance the
lack of trust
faith,

the insistence of trying
to manage that which
will not be managed

in finite, banal, little human
ways.

It’s more than spring
more than a wind

more than something you demean
by calling it a ‘force’

Love
can be accepted or denied

But nothing in-between
works.

 

ever.

 

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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Love Poems of February #9 of 14

February 20, 2013

Here’s the 9th of 14 new poems that have something to do with love that I plan to write during February.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

The self inflicted prompt was drawing inspiration from famous quotes about Love to write a poem. Enjoy.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

Twisted Love Quotes
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Love is priceless
divorce is at least
50 grand.

When you love someone
give them confidence
set them free
but not in a jewelry store.

True love stories
never have endings,
support the card industry
and have given us far too many romance novels.

If you know what your wife is NOT saying
you know love.

Two as one
is bad math
but the tax man
can work it out in your favor.

Men who stay married
aren’t necessarily masters of compromise
they just know when to bring out the
chocolate.

Love is a many splendored thing
Spiders –not so much.

You can see right through love,
No wait.. that’s lingerie.

Money has nothing to do with love;
Lack of money is another story.

Love means never having to
sit through Love Story if
you don’t really want to.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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Love Poems of February # 8 of 14

February 19, 2013

Here’s the 8th of 14 new poems that have something to do with love that I plan to write during February.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

I had a prompt in mind (to mine some Bukowski lines for insipiration, but I wound up writing something else instead.
Enjoy.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

Love at First
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Ideal love–
the fantasy of the thing–
the beginnings of a passionate affair
Has no memory.
It is perfect.

The imperfections, flaws, annoyances
are ‘cute’
and the awkwardness, differences
Just as ‘they were meant to be’
–at first.

Bridges are begun because of Love.
Everything is easy to start for lovers
Possibilities are endless.
Dreams are in Technicolor complete with
lush orchestral swells.

Connections real, imagined and
Exaggerated all make sense
And verify: ‘this is the one’.
Two equals one.
Sacrifice, compromise
is so very, very natural, so easy
….at first.

But love that lasts
is exactly the sort of hard work
Love at first
never seems to be.
But beat-up, exhausted, discouraged,
Slightly bitter, tired
we long for a tender touch
and someone who despite all
the disappointments
still says with sincerity
and little logic
I Love You.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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Love Poems of February #7 of 14 Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

Here’s the 7th of 14 new poems that have something to do with love that I plan to write during February.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

My self-imposed prompt was to include historical facts in a poem about or for Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

A Hopelessly Confusing Valentine’s Day Poem
By Christopher J. Jarmick

You can not actually love
things or
body parts.

Body parts are tools.

Tools you can use to
express love with…
but it’s best if you aren’t just horny,
or full of chocolate
and alcohol when you do this.

Love has nothing to do with
Chocolate.

But as most females would be
quick to tell me,
I’m male and can’t possibly know what I’m talking about

when it comes to chocolate.

This is because most males are
obsessed and enamored with
the size, and texture
of body parts rather than chocolate.
Regardless of this, it’s still absolutely inaccurate

the human heart looks like Valentine.

Valentine was a priest who defied
Roman law by marrying men

who were supposed to stay unmarried and serve in the Roman military.
Years after he was beheaded, a Pope declared him St. Valentine.

But Valentine is oft confused with Cupid the Roman god of love
Thrown into the mix because of
A mid-February pagan ceremony

involving the sacrifices of a goat and a dog

at the cave of Romulus and Remus,

the twins raised by wolves who founded Rome .

Pieces of goat skin were cut up
And woman considered it lucky
If they were lightly tapped by the bloody goat skin
Because it made them more fertile.

Happy Valentine’s Day?

Somewhere along the line
the drawing of a distorted human heart
Became known as a Valentine
And this cartoon-ish heart
symbolized love
So you can text things like
I HEART You
with that inanimate object that Americans both male and female seem obsessed with, most of all…
The cell phone.

A useful tool,
But far removed
from love
AND not something
Cupid is able to use
In place of his arrow
To pierce your heart
with desire.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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FEBRUARY NORTHWEST POETRY UPDATE

February 13, 2013

Of all the lessons that history teaches
there’s one that’s the saddest to know
to hold onto the things we need to survive,
we have to let some things go.

–from Marriage in the Midst
by Jack McCarthy

At eighteen I never thought I’d live to 25
That’s how the young are; so easy to burn
your bridges in front of you–and so dumb.
But time is a wild-card, a rogue dimension,
obedient, if at all to laws
way beyond our ken. Why is it (for example)
everything in life takes longer
than we think it will–except one thing?

You and I have been called
“the scary X-files couple,”
me reading your thoughts,
you dreaming my dreams.
Time doles us brief, occasional
conjugal visits,
but I’ve traveled the stars,
a message in my heart
that’s had your name on it
since the Big Bang.
Take this heart now, please;
the truth is in here.

Time & Love
by Jack McCarthy

Soon the only thing left will be..
poetry. And maybe that’s how it
was supposed to be, arcade of

substances that seem to ease
the pain; but all you’re playing
is Whack-a-Mole, you bash it
here, it pops up there–
till suddenly you stumble on

the substance of your destiny
and understand at last
that all the pain
you ever gave the slip
was pain of NOT doing this.

–From Substances
by Jack McCarthy

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Jack McCarthy, passed away on January
17th 2013.

He touched many lives in the last 10-plus
years he called the Northwest his home
and will be greatly missed. There have
been several tributes, articles,
remembrances published on the internet,
at his facebook page and elsewhere.

The Northwest Memorial for Jack
McCarthy is scheduled on
Saturday February 16th at 2 p.m.
at the Evergreen Unitarian Church
in Marysville, Wa.

There will be a reception/poet’s open
mic after the memorial. If you are able
to bring some finger-food (veggie-trays,
light snacks, pastry, cookies, fruit trays,
etc) it would be much appreciated.
For information/directions:

Jack McCarthy Memorial Info

Obituary-from the Boston Globe

Remembering Jack McCarthy

What I Saw Poetry Collection Review

Questions? Additions? Email me
at emeraldchris@yahoo.com
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Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (except in July & August)

& Poetry Day of the Week Listings
Below
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2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

Wednesday February 13, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Dennis Caswell
&
Keith Moul

Dennis Caswell lives outside Woodinville and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. He holds degrees in computer science from UC Berkeley and UCLA and spent the eighties and nineties designing and programming computer games and educational software in northern California, where he grew up, while his artsy friends kept giving him books about poetry. He moved to Washington with his family in 1997. His work has appeared in Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, Burnside Review, Monarch Review online, and assorted other journals and anthologies. His first full-length collection, Phlogiston (FLOW-ji-stahn), was published in 2012 by Floating Bridge Press.

Keith Moul has been published his poems for over 45 years, often in ‘little magazines’ and literary journals. In In 1974 he received a PhD from the University of South Carolina, working with James Dickey as chair of his dissertation committee. He also studied Anglo-Saxon poetry in the original language during his doctoral work at the University of Iowa, subsequently publishing many alliterative accentual poems in translation. He often reads a brief section of Anglo-Saxon text so his audience can hear its music. He is also an amateur travel photographer and began publishing his photos in magazines in 2010. In recent years Keith has had several books published or accepted: The Grammar of Mind by Blue & Yellow Dog Press (this is a compilation of 260 epigrams about the mind); Beautiful Agitation by Red Ochre Press (winner of its 2011 chapbook contest); and soon to be released Reconsidered Light by Broken Publications (a collection of poems written in response to Keith’s photos).

plus Open Mic…

FREE

Park Place Books is one of the few
remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East
Side.Consider supporting their efforts
to stay in business in the near future.
They host many reading clubs and
community events.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

March
Peggy Barnett
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COMING SOON

APRIL 18TH –EDMONDS

EDMONDS Bookshop

6:30 p.m.

Poetry: Christopher J. Jarmick,
Douglas Schuder, Richard Wakefield,
Bethany Reid and David D. Horowitz.

Edmonds Bookshop,
111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds
Telephone: 425-775-2789
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Remember to listen to the PoetsWest on
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Monday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave. between Pike & Pine Sts. on Capitol Hill, Seattle
Sherman Alexie reads from his new collection of stories, Blasphemy. G. Willow Wilson reads from her newest, Alif the Unseen. Contact 206.624.6600.

Monday, February 11 at 8pm
Center Theatre, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle
Free event! The Hours of Life, a new musical by Paul Lewis presented as an Orchestrated, Staged Reading. The Hours of Life weaves the story of the obsessive love affair between the original ‘goth-father’, Edgar Allan Poe and Rhode Island poet Sarah Helen Whitman. Set at the dawning of the Machine Age, the play reveals a fateful encounter in Poe’s past – one involving a German swindler and his sidekick, a Bavarian dwarf grand chess master, which threatens to doom whatever chance Poe and Whitman have of finding happiness together. Donations accepted. Contact info@theatre22.org.

Monday, February 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Wedgwood Ale House, 8515 35th Ave. NE #A, Seattle
Open mic with Wedgwood Words & Music (aka Wedgwood WAM). Contact munro.poetry@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle
All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed. Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, February 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features Patricia Smith. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.
Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr., Kirkland, WA
PEN and Take a Poem from Your Heart features Dennis Caswell and Keith Moul. Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J. Jarmick. Contact emeraldchris@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, February 13 with sign up at 7 pm and reading at 7:30 pm
Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
Open mic. Contact 206.436-2960.

Thursday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM
PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is available via streaming by going to http://www.kser.org/and following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, February 14 at 6:00pm
Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham WA
Fiction Writing Groups meets. Contact chuck@villagebooks.com.

Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Zippy’s Java Lounge, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA
Everett Poetry Night with open mic. Contact Josh Wilson jwilson1234@comcast.net.

Thursday, February 14 at 6 p.m.
Ballard Branch SPL, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle
It’s About Time Writers Reading Series features Bruce Holbert, Kim Holloway & Kay Mullen with Judith van Praag on The
Writer’s Craft. Open mic. Contact Katie Tynan mktynan@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar, 1508 Eleventh Ave., Seattle
The Breadline monthly performance series features local poets and musicians. Open mic. No cover. Contact Alex Bleecker alex.bleecker@gmail.com or Greg Bem gregbem@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 16 at 2 pm
Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1607 Fourth Street, Marysville, WA
Memorial service for Jack McCarthy. Reception to follow. See http://standupoet.net.

Friday, February 15 at 6:00pm
Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham WA
Whatcom Young Writers presents Friday Night Writes for Teens. Contact chuck@villagebooks.com.

Saturday, February 16 at 7:00 pm
Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, (Nye Beach area), Newport OR
Nye Beach Writers’ Series features Cindy Williams Gutierrez. Open mic. Contact Dorothy Mack dmack@centurytel.net or 541.765.2383.

Monday, February 18 beginning around 8 p.m.
Bai Pai lounge, 2316 NE 65th St.(Ravenna neighborhood), Seattle
Open mike poetry and music with all night happy hour prices on drink. Contact Jed medjyers@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features TBA. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 pm
The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE), Woodinville, WA
PoetsWest @ The Creekside features Nan Harty. Open mic. Hosted by Clark Crouch and Virginia Cook. Emceed by Terry Busch. Contact ccrouch@thecreekside.net.

Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 5th and Water St., Olympia WA
The Olympic Poetry Network features Peter Ludwin. Contact Cynthia Pratt cynthiajopratt@comcast.net.

Wednesday, February 20 with sign up at 7 pm and reading at 7:30 pm
Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
Open mic. Contact 206.436-2960.

Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM
PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is available via streaming by going to http://www.kser.org/and following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Zippy’s Java Lounge, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA
Everett Poetry Night with open mic.

Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 pm
Soulfood Books, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond WA
Features Scott Galasso reading from his latest collection, Collage. Nancy Dahlberg also reads. Contact 425.881.5309.

Friday, February 22 at 7 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave. between Pike & Pine Sts. on Capitol Hill, Seattle
Dr. Keith Holyoak and Koon Woon in a joint reading of poetry. Contact 206.624.6600.

Friday, February 22 at 7 pm
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, Room #206, 16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
RASP Reading Series features Portland poet Dan Raphael reading from his 18th book, The State I’m In (nine muses books, 2012). Open mic. Free event. More info at http://www.raspread.com/.

Saturday, February 23 at 2:00-3:00pm
Timberland Tumwater Library, 7023 New Market St. SW, Tumwater, WA
Humanities Washington and the Timberland Library present Bones Beneath Our Feet: A Historical Slideshow on the Puget Sound Indian War of 1855-1856. Narrated by author Michael Schein. For more info, contact Sarah Jaffa, 360-943-7790.

Saturday, February 23 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave. between Pike & Pine Sts. on Capitol Hill, Seattle
The Northwest African American Writers’ Alliance will be reading. Signed copies of writers’ books are available for purchase. Contact 206.624.6600.

Saturday, February 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave. between Pike & Pine Sts. on Capitol Hill, Seattle
Minnie Collins reads from her first book, The Purple Wash, her collection of poetry and prose. Contact Minnie minnieac@yahoo.com .

Friday through Sunday, February 22-24. Schedule HERE.
Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave. (18th & Union), Seattle
Wave Books sponsors Three Days of Poetry & Film: Tickets at the door $5-15 sliding scale. Subscribers free. Contact info@wavepoetry.com or 206.676.5337.

Tuesday, February 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle
All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed. Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 pm
Richard Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Ave., Seattle
White Pine Press 40th birthday with the Dusty Trails of Poetry World Tour. Free event. Details at http://hugohouse.org/event/2013/feb/dusty-trails-poetry-world-tour-white-pine-press-turns-40 or contact 206.322.7030.

Tuesday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features TBA. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.
C&P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave SW in West Seattle
Poetry Bridge features TBA. Open mic. Free event and open to all ages. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m. Contact leopoldo.seguel@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 27 with sign up at 7 pm and reading at 7:30 pm
Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
Open mic. Contact 206.436-2960.

Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 – 9:00pm
Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs, 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca), Seattle
UW Information School associate professor Joe Janes: Documents That Changed the World. Tickets $5 at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. or in advance at http://www.townhallseattle.org or 1.888.377.4510.

Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM
PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is available via streaming by going to http://www.kser.org/and following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Zippy’s Java Lounge, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA
Everett Poetry Night features David D. Horowitz. Open mic. Contact Josh Wilson jwilson1234@comcast.net.

Saturday, March 2 at 7 pm
Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, 19003 Front St., Poulsbo WA
Features TBA. Open mic. Contact Nancy Rekow at 206.842.6908.

Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.
The Station Bistro, 110 Second Street SW, St. 125, Auburn, WA
The Station Bistro, NW Renaissance & Auburn Striped Water Poets feature TBA. Open mic. Contact marjorie.rommel@gmail.com or mcbreenpost@aol.com.

Monday, March 4 beginning around 8 p.m.
Bai Pai lounge, 2316 NE 65th St.(Ravenna neighborhood), Seattle
Open mike poetry and music with all night happy hour prices on drink. Contact Jed medjyers@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features TBA. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, March 6: Sign-up at 6:30 p.m. & Open mic 7- 10 p.m.
Vera Project, on Seattle Center Campus, corner of Republican and Warren, Seattle
Open mic night. All-ages. Contact Openmic@theveraproject.org.

Wednesday, March 6 with sign up at 7 pm and reading at 7:30 pm
Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
Open mic. Contact 206.436-2960.

Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm
Prographica, 3419 E Denny Way, Seattle
Special Event at Prographica features writers Bill Carty, Willie Fitzgerald and Jane Wong reading selections from their work. Contact: pat@prographicadrawings.com.

Wednesday, March 6 at 8:00pm
Scratch Deli, 1718 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle
Rain City Slam features Brian S. Ellis. Open mic, Spoken Word Competition (Slam) and featured poet. $3. More info at http://raincityslam.wordpress.com or email raincityslam@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM
PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is available via streaming by going to http://www.kser.org/and following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Zippy’s Java Lounge, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA
Everett Poetry Night with open mic. Contact Josh Wilson jwilson1234@comcast.net.

Friday, March 8 at 7:00 pm
King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma
Distinguished Writer Series features TBA. Free event. Open mike sign-up 6:30 p.m. Contact Connie Walle ckwalle@comcast.net.

Saturday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle
Reader’s Choice features Dennis Caswell, Teresa Grabstein, Lynda Hunter. Open mic. Contact J. Glenn Evans 206.682.1268 or send us an e-mail.

Monday, March 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Wedgwood Ale House, 8515 35th Ave. NE #A, Seattle
Open mic with Wedgwood Words & Music (aka Wedgwood WAM). Contact munro.poetry@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle
All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed. Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features TBA. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr., Kirkland, WA
PEN and Take a Poem from Your Heart features Peggy Barnett and TBA. Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J. Jarmick. Contact emeraldchris@yahoo.com.

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Love Poems of February #6 of 14

February 13, 2013

Here’s the 6th of 14 new poems that have something to do with love that I plan to write during February.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

Prompt Idea:  Describe a love feeling or meaning. Enjoy.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

Living Love Poems
By Christopher J. Jarmick

The love poems that we live
mean more than any written.
Though we try to explain
It misses authenticity.

It’s here between the words.
You can hear it breathing softly
in the quiet,
in the warmth,
between the beating hearts.

There is sorrow, there is pain
there is laughter, there is boredom
there is faith, when it doesn’t
make any sense.

There is time, there is memory
There are tears, there is sex
There is hope that pulls you through
when burdens weigh you down

The love poems that we live
mean more than any written.
Though we mean to share
some feelings with you,
it never really works.

©2013 Christopher J. Jarmick All Rights Reserved