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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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More Readings
Courtesy of PoetsWest
Listings in this section
courtesy of PoetsWest

Thanks PoetsWest
CHECK OUT THEIR FULL LISTING AT
http://WWW.POETSWEST.COM

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

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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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  1. Wednesday, March 6: Duvall Poetry open mic starts at 6:30. Featured reader at 7:00: Redmond Poet Laureate Jeannine Hall Gailey. Duvall Community Center is an all-ages venue. Contact duvallpoetrycontact@gmail.com or search Facebook for “Duvall Poetry”



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