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July Poetry NorthWest

July 8, 2015

“I rhyme… to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.”

― Seamus Heaney

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Thanks for stopping by.

The more you listen to poetry, the more you

read poetry, the more inspired you will be

to write poetry.

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Your attendance at readings, open mics, events, book signings and

workshops,supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

Thank you.

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For the Poetry Day of the Week you’ll find the tab

in the upper right that will take you to that special page.

Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, occurring

throughout the Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

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I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

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Please note… there are NO readings

At ParkPlace Books in July and August.

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My series begins it’s 9th/10th year  2015-2016

Second Wednesdays of the month.

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Always FREE.  Always an open Mic and usually

2 featured readers.

What’s in store?

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On September 9th I’m proud to present:

Matthew Brouwer.

October schedule will include a very special performance

From writer/poet Lyn Coffin

November 11th schedule is a special Poeming Pigeons Anthology

Reading featuring several poets from Oregon and locally.JUNE 10TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FREE

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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.

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This poetry reading series began

in 2007.

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Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

Parkplace Books Website

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This Friday July 10th  7 pm  Tacoma

PUGET SOUND POETRY and THE CITY OF TACOMA

PRESENT

ALL OPEN MIC READING

July 10th, 7pm

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma, WA

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July 13, 2015  WedgeWood Alehouse Seattle 8 p.m.

From Philip Randolph 

On Monday, July 13 I’ll (Philip) will be the featured poet at EasySpeak,

at the Wedgewood Alehouse. I’ll also ad-lib on my old cornet with the

house band (Jed, Ted, Rosanne, Bob, & me), and do my usual cornet

ad-lib ‘meditation’ to kick off the break.

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Expect lightly sardonic twisted humor occasionally punctuated by

retrograde flirtations with seriousness. (An old radical once told me,

“Irishmen are most serious when they’re joking.”) I’ll read my classic

favorites, selected as highly intelligible and listenable. Why torture an

audience with obscurity? That’s for those sadist poets, and the

self-absorbed.

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EasySpeak meets in the poolroom, around the building to the right.

‘Gud fude’ available.

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Easy Speak Seattle

Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, Washington 98115

Sign-up: 8; Show: 8:30; Featured performer 9:20

Horn ‘meditation’ and break: 9:45 or so.

Second half is over about 11:00.

http://easyspeakseattle.com/welcome-2/previous-featured-artists/philip-randolph/

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http://easyspeakseattle.com/

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http://easyspeakseattle.com/welcome-2/easy-speak-wedgwood/

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July 16  SoulFood  Redmond  7pm.

From Michael Dylan Welch

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Here are the featured readers we have lined up at SoulFood

over the next few months (plus we always have an open mic too).

Please join us!

July 16: Peggy Barnett and Terry Busch

August 20: Dianne Aprile and Ann Teplick

September 17: Michael G. Hickey and Kathleen Flenniken

October 8 (earlier than usual): Carol Levin and Annette Spaulding-Convy

November 19: J. I. Kleinberg and Luther Allen

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SOUL FOOD BOOKS IS LOCATED AT

15748 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-5309

FACEBOOK LISTING HERE https://www.facebook.com/groups/soulfoodpoetrynight/permalink/937160223013628/

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July 18 (and Beyond) Words and Music Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music

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Melding  Authors, Poets,

Singer/Songwriters and Artists from around the country in an

intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes

hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a beautiful setting

surrounded by nature.

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Funding supports the entertainers.

Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

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Upcoming  Events

July8 – Music by Holley McCreary

Words/Poet by Connie Walle

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September 19th – Music: Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick

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10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener

Words/Poet – TBA

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Jerry Libstaff

Watermark Writers  Words and Music

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To find out more email us at

info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.

FOR RESERVATIONS

Sincerely,

Jerry Libstaff

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July 22nd  C&P  West Seattle 7 p.m.

july 22, 2015    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Feature Reading by Rayn Roberts, locally & nationally known poet,

author of “Of One and Many Worlds” & “Jazz Cocktails and Soapbox

Songs” & several other books, widely published, seasoned reader &

performer, includes free open mic hosted by Cheryl Latif.

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Rayn Roberts dangles figures on a small stage to share insights and

poke fun. Robert Frost & Charles Bukowski are partly responsible for

showing him how to do this, but there are other perpetrators too.

He’s not a poet but a puppeteer. All his puppets are in books to read

on rainy days, but don’t lend to your conservative relatives.

Their brains may short circuit.

Poetic Matrix: 

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C&P Coffee is one of the best venues for poetry readings in Seattle,

comfortable seating, affordable drinks, coffee, wine and delectables to eat.

Great acoustics, casual atmosphere, lovely regulars. All are welcome.

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C&P Coffee

5612 California Ave SW

West Seattle, WA 98136

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July 31  RASP Redmond 7 p.m.

Feature: Colleen Squier—Friday, July 31, 2015,

from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

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gathering from 6:30 PM

Open Mic

FREE

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Colleen Squier is a recent transplant to Sequim and The Storypeople

of Clallam County. Originally from Seattle, she served on the board

of the Seattle Storytellers guild for two years. Her family says that

she has been telling stories as long as she has been talking. About

six years ago, she decided that she wanted to learn to “really” tell

stories and took a class from Cherie Terbon at North Seattle College.

Since then she has shared stories at church, parties, and bookstore

story times. She appeared at Northwest Folklife for four years, and

treasures her genuine recycled trophy for placing third in the Liars

Contest. “Stories,” she says, “tell us who we were, who we are, and

who we will be.”

July’s emcee: TBD

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Where they Are and additional info:

RASP was founded in 1997 to promote literary activities in Redmond,

Washington and the surrounding area. We meet monthly on the last

Friday of each month, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, gathering from 6:30 PM,

at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St.,

Redmond, WA 98052 (look for us in Room 206, upstairs), and also hold a

monthly writing critique group at the Redmond Regional Library on the

second Tuesday of each month. All events are free. Please join us!

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COMING SOON !!!!!   Mark those Calendars!

Michael Schein—Friday, August 21, 2015, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

gathering from 6:30 PM

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NOTE: One week earlier to avoid conflict with Labor Day weekend

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Michael Schein is the author of two historical novels, one nonfiction

history,  and a logorrhea of poems. His latest is John Surratt:

The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (2015). His novels are Bones

Beneath Our Feet (2011), a historical novel of Puget Sound, and

Just Deceits (2008), a historical courtroom mystery. Michael teaches

poetry and fiction at the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Write

on the Sound, in libraries, and elsewhere. He is founder and director

of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from

King County 4Culture. It has been nominated for the Pushcart thrice,

and stuck to refrigerators by magnets. Michael and his wife Carol live

at Lake Marcel in Carnation.

August’s emcee: TBD

RASP WEBSITE HERE

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August 3 Station Bistro  Auburn 7 pm

Scheduled Featured Poets

Kent Leatham

Linda Malnack

Plus Open MIC

FREE

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The Station Bistro is located:

he Station Bistro is located at:

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003

http://www.auburnstationbistro.com

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Striped Water Poets Website Here

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August 5  Duvall Library  7 p.m.

From Pamela

Hi all, following is detail about the next Duvall Poetry reading.

Enjoy!

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August 5  Duvall Library  7 pm.

When: 7pm, Wed., August 5, 2015

Where: Duvall Library, 15508 Main St NE, Duvall, WA 98019

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Who: Duane Kirby Jensen. Bio below.

Plus Open Mic

FREE

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Duane Kirby Jensen is a painter and poet from Everett, WA.

His art has appeared on numerous book, CD, and magazine covers.

As a poet, Duane has read throughout the Northwest since 1990

and has been published in over twelve chapbooks and dozens of

other publications. The underlying theme of his work evokes those

places which linger beneath the surface underscoring the narrative

of being, the fragility of identity, the gravity of emotion and the ease

in which it can be lost. Since September 2013, Duane has hosted

Everett Poetry Nite. Duane received the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for

Artistic Excellence & Contribution to Everett’s Cultural Vitality.

Best,

Pamela

Duvall Poetry

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COMING SOON . . .

Save the dates –

August 16th  Auburn Days  10 am Auburn

Free Workshop, Readings and Open Mic Contest

Where YOU can win prizes for reciting a poem!

Highlights include :  Mathew Brouwer Workshop

FREE!!!!

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Poets scheduled to read include:

Auburn Poet Laureate  Marjorie ,Emilie Rommel Shimkus  http://onefootonshore.wordpress.com,

David D. Horowitz    www.rosealleypress.com,

Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen    http://poetryofjd.blogspot.com,

Lorraine Healy   www.lorrainehealy.com ,

Joann C. Roberts    www.meetparadigm.com,

Shannon P. Law  http://shannonplawswriter.com ,

Natasha Moni   www.natashamoni.com ,

Matthew Brouwer

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Plus open mic,  open mic contest (free to enter),

small press book fair,  free book exchange, and MORE!!!!

Auburn Days Website Here

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From Richard Gold and Pongo:

Volunteer With Pongo Next School Year:

Pongo has some volunteer openings for next school year,

and we also help to place volunteers with Pongo-inspired

writing projects. Pongo has its ongoing projects at juvenile

detention in Seattle and at the Washington state psychiatric

hospital for children in Tacoma. We also have a new project

with formerly homeless, chronically alcoholic adults. We are

conducting this last project in collaboration with researchers

at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. If you are from

another city, write to us. We may be able to connect you with

a Pongo-inspired project in your area.

Pongo will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Thursday,

October 1st, at Richard Hugo House. There will be a poetry

reading and a strong focus on Pongo’s future. Please plan to

join us!

Please visit Pongo’s web site for videos, poetry,

writing activities, and more…

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LITE a FUSE

Underwear?

Cat box?

Bukowski?

To floss after every meal?

LiTFUSE!!!!!

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Only 3 months till it’s one week too late to sign up for LiTFUSE

Poets’ Workshop, September 25-27, featuring Ellen Bass.

Each year, we gather in Tieton to work together on our beloved

craft of poetry and spoken word, and we hope you’ll join us.

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For as little as $185 ($100 now, $85 paid by August 16), YOU can

become a LiTFUSIAN!  Classes are filling fast, so DO IT TODAY.

There’s still room in the Green & Sweeney master classes, and

in Ellen Bass’s Saturday class. Please CLICK HERE to register.

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Please CLICK HERE to view the full schedule:  Bass / Sweeney /

Green / Schein / Hardy / Howell / Austen / Sheffield / Queen /

Green / Trenga / Feriante / YOU!

Please tell friends & share LiTFUSE on FaCEBOOK & twitter.

We’d love to see you in Tieton . . .

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Poets, UNiTE!

Michael Schein

LiTFUSE Muse

michael@litfuse.us

http://www.litfuse.us

Emily Gwinn

LiTFUSE Muse Too

emily@litfuse.us

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TACOMA IS GOING TO HAVE A POETRY FESTIVAL

OCT. 16-17, 2015

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The Tacoma Poetry Festival will be a gathering of some of the

most renowned poets with roots in the Pacific Northwest,

plus a sprinkling of up and coming spoken word artists from

around the country.

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Our program is part of the Tacoma Arts Month celebration

and will take place on Friday, October 16th and Saturday,

October 17th at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building Auditorium.

Our webpage is UP: TheTacomaPoetryFestival.Com  

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Check it out, sign up with paypal, choose your workshops,

register for Lux Workshop, buy books, hear OUTSTANDING poets

from around the country, including David Wagoner, and

Tacoma’s Poets Laureate.

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of

useful articles and suggestions of

where to send poetry to be published!

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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is

here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9) Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’

whose work appears on bus stops, on

special rapid ride buses and/or the website

throughout 2015.

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June 2015 Poetry NorthWest

June 2, 2015

Thanks for stopping by.

The more you listen to poetry, the more you
read poetry, the more inspired you will be
to write poetry.

Your attendance at readings, open mics, events, book signings and
workshops,supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

Thank you.

For the Poetry Day of the Week you’ll find the tab

in the upper right that will take you to that special page.

Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, occurring

throughout the Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics, you’ll also find info about the Poets in the

Park festival (June 20th) in Redmond, WA, Litfest information

and a few other things of interest.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

JUNE 10TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

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

Wednesday  June 10th, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

Our last reading until September!
Don’t miss what promises to be
a memorable evening with our
featured poets:

Keith Moul
and
Jeannine Hall Gailey

plus  YOU  (perhaps!) on the Open Mic

free program….

Keith Moul’s poems and photos appear widely. M.A.
from Western Washington (1971), PHD from U of
South Carolina (1974).  He retired in 2000 from 35
years in marketing, customer service and insurance
underwriting and lives in Port Angeles. Four
previous  books include: The Grammar of Mind from
Blue & Yellow Dog; Beautiful Agitation from Red
Ochre Press; and Reconsidered Light, a collection of
his poems written to accompany his photos,  and To
Take and Have Not, from Broken Publications. His
latest can now be pre-ordered from Finishing Line
Press is called TheFuture as a Picnic Lunch due out
in September.

Jeannine Hall Gailey was born at Yale New Haven
Hospital in Connecticut, and grew up in Knoxville,
Tennessee. She has a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in
English from the University of Cincinnati, as well as an
M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She
recently served as the second Poet Laureate of
Redmond, Washington and is the author of four books
of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the
Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, and her latest
The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, May 2015 . Her poems
were featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and on
Verse Daily; two were included in 2007’s The Year’s
Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in
The Iowa Review, The American Poetry Review, and
Prairie Schooner. Her web site is here.

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.

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

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

July/August  No readings
back September 9 2015 with
Matthew Brouwer

Parkplace Books Website
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June 11th  Ballard Library  6 pm Ballard

It’s About Time Reading Series #308
Thurs. June 11th , 2015    6 p.m.
Ballard Public Library

Carol Levin, Irfan Mirza,
Christopher J.  Jarmick  &
Suzanne Bottelli on the Writer’s Craft
Hosted by Series founder:
Esther Altshul Helfgot

It’s About Time Reading Series
Every Second Thursday
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

FREE

Carol Levin has published two full volumes
of poetry “Confident Music Would Fly Us to
Paradise” MoonPath Press 2014 and
“Stunned By the Velocity” Pecan Grove Press
2012. Also chapbooks, “Red Rooms and
Others” Pecan Grove Press 2009 and “Sea
Lions Sing Scat” Finishing Line Press 2007.
Recent poems appear in The Tampa Review,
4Culture Poetry on Buses, String Poet and
Floating Bridge Review. Her work’s been
widely published in journals and anthologies,
print and online, in Russia, New Zealand and
the US. She’s an Editorial Assistant at the
journal, Crab Creek Review and teaches The
Breathing Lab / Alexander Technique, in
Seattle.

Irfan Mirza is an international award-winning
writer who spent two years crossing the front
lines during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
His writings about Bosnia are based on
first-hand personal experience and actual
stories of people affected by the war. Irfan’s
experience in Bosnia is extensive, ranging from
negotiating cease fires on the front lines to
directing humanitarian aid and supervising the
release and protection of non-combatant
prisoners and undocumented refugees.
Irfan is the recipient of two writing awards for
his work on Microsoft’s Windows XP Support
Tools Help from the Society for Technical
Communications.

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who
has curated/hosted regularly scheduled poetry
nights, and special events in the Northwest
since 2001. His newest collection of poetry,
Not Aloud, is due out September 2015 from
MoonPath Press. His last collection:
IGNITION: Poem Starters . . . was published in
2010. His frequently updated blog is
PoetryIsEverything (google it as one word).

& Writer’s Craft:
Suzanne Bottelli’s poems have appeared or
are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest,The
Literary Review, Fine Madness, Prairie
Schooner, West Branch and Poet Lore, among
others. She has been a finalist or semifinalist
for Black Lawrence Press, Word Works, Blue
Lynx Press and Saturnalia Books, and she has
received awards and grants from Artist Trust
and the Seattle Arts Commission. She teaches
Humanities and Writing, and helps to
coordinate an Environment program, at the
Northwest School in Seattle, WA.

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107
206-684-4089

Wheelchair accessible.  Free
for information or to schedule a reading
Peggy Sturdivant, Curator

Coming Soon !!!!
Thurs. July 9, 2015 #309
Euphrates Moss, Shannon P. Laws,
Diane Aprile & Joannie Stangeland
on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time website here.

Facebook announcement here

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June 3  Duvall Library 7 pm.  Duvall

THIS WEDNESDAY!!!
June 3rd
Duvall Poetry Night
Features: Risa Denenberg

Plus open mic

FREE
7 p.m.
Emcee: Von Thompson

Risa Denenberg lives a quiet life on the
Olympic peninsula. She has worked in the
cracks of healthcare for four decades in
HIV/AIDS care, end-of-life care, and
currently, in chronic pain management.
She is a volunteer for Compassion and
Choices, an advocacy group that assists
people who wish to use the Washington
State Death with Dignity law. Her poetry
often reveals an intimate portrait of aging,
suffering and death.
Risa is a moderator at The Gazebo, an
online poetry board; reviews poetry for the
American Journal of Nursing; and is a co-
founder of Headmistress Press, an
independent publisher of poetry by lesbians.
Risa’s poems have appeared in print and
online journals over many years. Recent
publications include three chapbooks: what
we owe each other & In My Exam Room
(The Lives You Touch Publications, 2013
and 2014); and blinded by clouds (Hyacinth
Girl Press, 2014); and a full length book,
Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press)

Duvall Library Meeting Room
15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA
Duvall Poetry Website here

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June 12   Distinguished Writers  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series
Friday, June 12th  7pm
Kings Bookstore,
218 St Helens  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series with
Michael Spence

Plus open mic
FREE
7:00 pm

Note from Chris Jarmick:  Michael Spence’s
new book- The Bus Driver’s Threnody
(2014) is one of my favorites… The finely
crafted poems in this collection are
sometimes laugh out loud funny, often
poignant and worth reading many many
times.  Go see Michael… and make his day
by getting his book… you’ll be glad to have
it in your collection!

This monthly event features a
Distinguished Writer followed by an Open
Mic for all poets, sign-up is at 6:45 pm.

Michael Spence drove public-transit buses for
King County Metro in the Seattle area for thirty
years, a job he retired from last Valentine’s
Day.  His poems have appeared recently in The
Hudson Review, Measure, The North American
Review, The Sewanee Review, The Southern
Review, and Tampa Review.  New work is
forthcoming in The New Criterion and Tar River
Poetry.  His latest book, The Bus Driver’s
Threnody, was released in September 2014 by
Truman State University Press.  Last May, he
was awarded a Literary Fellowship from Artist
Trust of Washington State

THE NINE-POCKET MACARENA
By Michael Spence

Onto the Pacific Highway local bus he steps,then stops
When he sees the fare box: Please pay as you enter.

This seems a riddle he mightsolve with severe squinting

He swats his legs for change—the sound

of no coins clinking their little tinkly music makes him swat some more.

His frown deepens like a trumpet player’s
Blowing and going for a note that won’t be reached.  Now his feet
Take up the beat: shifting foot
To foot like a sliver’s in each one, he smacks
the back pockets of his jeans, then waves
His hands around his jacket, outside
Inside, against his shirt, frisking himself for the crime of being dimeless.
His nose wrinkles as though he smells
An unseen fire scorching him, he’s slapping so hard to put it out,
A powdered bitterness like ash
The taste in his mouth, he’s about to flame up with shame when the driver
Truncates his routine: Just sit down.

Distinguished Writer reading occurs monthly the second Friday
of every month at King’s Books. Sponsored
by the Puget Sound Poetry Connection and
the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Location:
King’s Books Website
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98402
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
Website  here. 

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Publishing a volume of verse is like
dropping a rose-petal down the
Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

Don Marquis
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June 12  Works Studio  Bellingham
Note  June 5th   (6 to 9 p.m) Art Walk
and June 12th  (7 to 9 p.m.) evening of
poetry, music and art!

The Transformations &
Translations Show
will be held at
The Works Studio, Gallery
and Conversations:
301 W. Holly, #U3,
Bay Street Village,
Bellingham, WA.

Stop in to see the artworks
during Bellingham’s Art Walk Night
—Friday, June 5 from 6 to 9 PM.

Friday, June 12
from 7 to 9 PM,
an evening of music, poetry and art
(with musician Allison Preisinger,
and poets Nancy Canyon,
James Bertolino and
Anita K. Boyle).

This event is an “official” pop-up
gallery show.
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We interrupt these listings for an
important update

Michael Schein’s
John Surratt:  The Lincoln Assassin
Who Got Away

Is FINALLY available!

(there was an unfortunate delay in the
books planned April release causing
the cancellation of the book release
and reading at the Seattle downtown
library in April).

Don’t let any of this stop you from
getting your hands on this
wonderfully compelling very readable
book.

Some blurbs:
“John Surratt was indeed the Lincoln
assassin who got away, but, fortunately,
he will not escape history thanks to
Michael Schein. In this well-researched,
beautifully written account of John
Surratt, Schein brings historical justice
to a man that has been given a pass for
too long. It is long overdue.”

~ Edward Steers, Jr., Author (among
other works) of “Lincoln’s Assassination,”
“The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia,”
“Blood on the Moon,” “The Quotable
Lincoln,” “His Name is Still Mudd,” and
editor of “The Trial: the Assassination
of President Lincoln and the Trial of the
Conspirators.”

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“In this gripping true crime thriller,
Schein makes a persuasive case that
Confederate leadership was involved
in the Lincoln assassination, though he
concedes that “at this late date that is
beyond definite proof.” . . . Open-
minded readers will find Schein’s
research and arguments thought-
provoking.”

Buy the book from
Secret Garden Bookstore HERE
Or if you must:
Amazon HERE

Or as Michael Schein writes:
“If you’d rather, please request
this book from the library.
Thanks for reading!”

We now return you to your
regularly ordered Announcements.

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June 17  Creekside 7 P.M.  Woodinville

Featured Poet:
Rayn Roberts

Plus open mic
FREE

Rayn Roberts dangles figures on a small stage to share insights
and poke fun. Robert Frost & Charles Bukowski are partly
responsible for showing him how to do this, but there are
other perpetrators too.  He’s not a poet but a puppeteer. All his
puppets live in books to read on rainy days, but don’t lend to your
conservative relatives.  Their brains may short circuit. Poetry
should be enjoyed by everyone.   You can find him online & @
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell Books and hear him on KSER
Radio FM 90.7 in PoetsWest broadcasts.
http://www.poeticmatrix.com/title/roberts.aspx
He will be on KSER on June 4, 2015 & if you miss that
broadcast, you can hear it on the PoetsWest website
anytime you like.

Readings are at 7:00pm on the third
Wednesday of each month at The
Creekside (A Merrill Gardens
Retirement Community, 18200
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,
Woodinville, WA 98072
NOTE:  NEW WEBSITE FOR THE
CREEKSIDE READINGS

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June 17  Traditions Café   Olympia, WA

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK
June 17th 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Martha Silano will be the featured reader
for the Olympia Poetry Network’s event
on Wednesday, June 17, from 6:30-8 p.m.
at Traditions Café,
300 5th Ave SW, in downtown Olympia.

Silano has authored four books of poetry,
including The Little Office of the Immaculate
Conception.  She also co-edited The Daily
Poet:  Day-by-Day Prompts For Your Writing
Practice.  Her poems have appeared in Paris
Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review,and
North American Review, as well as in many
anthologies, including The Best American
Poetry 2009.  Silano edits Crab Creek Review
and teaches at Bellevue College.

An Open Mic will precede her reading.
The event is free.  For more information,
call 360-701-2030.
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 June 18  SoulFood   7 p.m. Redmond

Soulfood Poetry Night
Every 3rd Thursday  at 7 p.m.

June 18 Features
Jed Myers
and
Alina Rios

Plus open Mic
FREE

Jed Myers is a Philadelphian living in Seattle.
Two of his poetry collections, The Nameless
(Finishing Line Press) and Watching the
Perseids (winner of the 2013 Sacramento
Poetry Center Book Award), are 2014
publications. He’s received Southern Indiana
Review’s Mary C. Mohr Award, the Literal
Latte Poetry Award, and a Pushcart
nomination. His poems have appeared in
Prairie Schooner, Nimrod International Journal,
JAMA, Fugue, Atlanta Review, I-70 Review,
Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review
, Blast Furnace, Crab Creek Review,
Temenos, and elsewhere. He works as a
psychiatrist with a therapy practice and
teaches at the University of Washington.

Alina Rios spent the first part of her life in St.
Petersburg, Russia, and now lives in Seattle
with her six-year old son and a ghost-cat. Her
poetry and fiction has appeared or is
forthcoming in Camroc Press Review, Neon,
Apex Magazine, The Colored Lens, and
other fine places. Her fiction was shortlisted
for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s
Gulliver Travel Grant. To learn more or say
hello, please visit http://www.alinarios.com.

SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond is
located at
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington

Soulfood Poetry Night Website
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June 19, 2014– Redmond WA

Open Mic & Reading featuring
Gene Ambaum

Redmond Association of Spokenword
(RASP)
6:30-8:45 p.m.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
Room 206

Please join us! Come early to
sign up for open mic.

Gene Ambaum occasionally works
as a public librarian in the Seattle area
under his real name. He’s been writing
the comic strip Unshelved for the last
13+ years, and has also cowritten a kids
graphic novel, Poopy Claw, and a
purposely terrible first novel, Fifty
Shades of Brains (as BF Dealeo). He
loves French comics, television shows
from his childhood, librarians’ horror
stories, piña coladas, and getting caught
in the rain. See pictures of his dirty cats
and furniture in his neighborhood on
Twitter @ambaum, or visit the
Unshelved website  Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unshelved.
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Saturday June 20th   Redmond, WA

 Poets in the Park

Saturday, June 20, 2015,
11:00am – 6:00pm

Anderson Park,
7802 168th Ave NE,
Redmond, Wa

POETS IN THE PARK

FREE day-long festival and
picnic celebrating local and
regional poets and all types of
poetry through readings,
workshops, vendors, installations,
picnic-related activities, and book
fair, including:
•  Potluck picnic, bring a dish or snack
to share, and get a free poetry book
•  Karen Finneyfrock, headline poet
•  Group poetry readings from nearly
100 poets:
Black Heron Press, Cascade College
Poetry Students, Cowboy Poets, Crab
Creek Review, Egress Studio Press,
Farmer Poets, Haiku Northwest, Jack
Straw Writers, LitFUSE, MoonPath Press,
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts,
Poetry Northwest, Pongo Teen Writing,
Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Raven
Chronicles, Redmond Association of
Spokenword, Rose Alley Press, Seattle
Poets Society, Striped Water, Two Sylvias
Press, and more!
•  Band of Poets, musical performance
•  Free workshops by Jim Bertolino,
Elijah Muied, and Michael Dylan Welch
•  Open-mic readings

•  Book fair, facilitated by ParkPlace Books
(no commission)
•  Poetry vendors, presses, journals,
and more
•  4Culture Poetry on Buses, including the
poetry bus
•  Guided poetry walk
•  Poetry on Sticks, chalk poetry, and other
installations
•  Poetry book swap,
bring a book, take a book
•  Mini golf, hula hoops, craft activities
•  Surprises!
(psst- Suitcases Revisted. . .)

Website. . .
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From Karen Bonaudi:

APPLICATIONS FOR FOURTH
WASHINGTON STATE
POET LAUREATE SOUGHT
Applications are now being accepted for
Washington State’s next Poet Laureate.
The new Laureate will serve from
Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2018.

Current Laureate Elizabeth Austen is in
the second year of her two-year term
and is presenting poetry workshops and
readings across Washington State in her
quest to visit all 39 counties in Washington.
Former Laureates are Samuel Green and
Kathleen Flenniken.

To be considered, applicants must meet
all eligibility requirements and submit an
application online. Applications must be
submitted electronically by 5 p.m. on
Friday, July 31.  The position is sponsored
by ArtsWA and Humanities Washington
with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee.
More information and applications are
available at http://www.humanities.org.

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From Raven Chronicles:
Submission deadline EXTENDED
Submissions Wanted for
Vol. 22, Fall 2015 Issue:
Submission Deadlines/Reading Period:
April 1 through July 1, 2015 (postmarked)
U.S.A. Submissions: Submit all work via
US mail.
International Submissions: Submit work
via email attachments.

See the Raven Website Here

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June AND beyond  in  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff
Words and Music

Melding  Authors, Poets,
Singer/Songwriters and Artists
from around the country in an
intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes
hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Meet and share with powerful
entertainers in a beautiful setting
surrounded by nature.

Funding supports the entertainers.
Additional donations provide for
Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)
3 Non Profit corporation.

Upcoming  Events

6/5  Music: Ari Hest
Words/Poet : Carl Palmer
(almost sold out 6/2/15)

July – Music by Holley McCreary
Words/Poet TBA

August – Music by Rodney Branigan 
Words/Poet TBA

9/19Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick 

10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener
Words/Poet – TBA

Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers

To find out more email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call  253-778-6559.
Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff
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From Michael Schein

LITFUSE
Dear Poets,

Please consider joining us for LiTFUSE
Poets’ Workshop, September 25-27,
featuring Ellen Bass.  Each year, we
gather the poet tribes from all over
Cascadia to work together on our
beloved craft of poetry and spoken word.
We meet in beautiful Tieton, in the
fruit-growing hills above Yakima.

For as little as $185 ($100 now, $85
paid by August 16), YOU can become
a LiTFUSIAN!  The sooner you register,
the more class choices you’ll have
available.

What could you do at LiTFUSE?
Here’s a sampling

Tara Hardy – LiTFUSE Slam for
Page Poets!
Carol Trenga – Contemplative
Movement & Creativity
Ellen Bass – The Poem of the Moment
Sam Green – Emily’s Favorite Measure
Elizabeth Austen – Demystifying the
Line Break
Talenah Lachelle Queen – W.E.B.
DuBois
Andre Feriante – Poetry & Music
Chad Sweeney – A Bouquet of
Sparrows: Powers of the Image:
Composition, Contrast, Agility &
Dreaming
Derek Sheffield – EXTRAordinary
Sally Green – The Voice Behind the
Mask: Dramatic Monologues
David Schein – Infarcation

Please tell friends & share this message.
We’d love to see you in Tieton . . .

Poets, UNiTE!

Michael Schein
LiTFUSE Muse
michael@litfuse.us

WEBSITE
http://www.litfuse.us

Emily Gwinn
LiTFUSE Muse Too
emily@litfuse.us
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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!

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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is
here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9) Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the website
throughout 2015.

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May 2015 NorthWest Poetry Update

May 7, 2015

“You must be careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin.”
Stanley Kunitz

Let’s get right to some of the worthwhile readings happening around the Puget Sound.

First readings I’m directly connected to… and then a lot, lot , more to share.

Support poets and poetry by attending readings whenever you can.

Thanks!

MAY 13TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

Wednesday  May 13, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

Two celebrated poets are travelling from

Bellingham, WA .

Our Featured Poets are

Robert Lashley 

and

Malcolm Kenyon

plus  Open Mic

free program….

Northwestern poet Robert Lashley has had poems published in

journals including Feminete, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth.

His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology

of Northwest form and lyric poetry. He has featured at the Kerouac

Institute for Performing Arts, Goddard, and Seattle Central College,

read and was a guest lecture at The University of Washington-Tacoma

and Western Washington University, and was invited to the IWPS

page/stage panel and showcase in 2013. A semi-finalist for the

PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Lashley also holds the 2014 Cascadia Poetry

Festival’s beer slam title. His full length book, The Homeboy Songs,

was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014.

Malcolm H. Kenyon Retired. Now teaches English as a Second Language

for Whatcom Literacy Council. Chapbooks: If I Were a Cat, Recapitulation,

Nakedness, Swallows, US66, The Goat Island Battery, Pictures of the Dead,

Expeditions to the Golden Triangle, Zen Birds, Basic Persian, Love:Yvonne.

Published in Jeopardy 2007, Manzanita Quarterly, Padilla Bay Poets Anthology,

Bicycling Magazine, Research Center for the Arts Review.  He was a

Commissioned Officer, United States Navy. Combat service in Vietnam in

minesweepers.  Graduate studies, University of New Mexico,

Secondary-teaching certification, Industrial Arts Education, University of

New Mexico.  Assistant Professor of Technology at Western Washington

University, Bellingham, Washington.

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.

This poetry reading series began

in 2007.

Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

June 10:  Keith Moul

and Jeannine Hall Gailey

July/August  No readings

back in

September with feature

Matthew Brouwer

Parkplace Books Website

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May 27th  C & P Coffee West Seattle 7 p.m.

Poetry Bridge at C & P Coffee

4th Wednesdays of the Month

May 27th features:

Dobbie Reese Norris

and

Christopher J. Jarmick

Plus open Mic.

FREE

7 to 9 p.m.

Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur. He is

a former Wordsworth curator, (Seattle City Council).

His works have been published in various anthologies including

Within Walking Distance, a collection of University District writers,

poets and visual artists, The Little Red Studio Anthology of Poets -2009,

and in the fall 2010 release of  Many Trails to the Summit, a Rose

Alley Publication of Seattle area poets.  He currently resides in Bellingham

and is on the board of  PoetryNite.

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who has curated/hosted

regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special events in the

Northwest since 2001. His newest collection of poetry, Not

Aloud, is due out  September 2015 from MoonPath Press.

His last collection: IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets,

Statements and Double Dog Dares was published in 2010.

His frequently updated blog is PoetryIsEverything

(google it as one word).  His poems have appeared in

numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, journals and online.

7 to 9 p.m.

5612 California Ave. SW, Seattle  98136

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May 7  Everett Poetry Nite  7 p.m.

Feature:  William Lindberg

Plus Open Mic

Thursday 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Cafe Zippy

2811 Wetmore Ave,

Everett, Washington 98201

From William Lindberg:

On Thursday May 7, at Everett Poetry Nite experiencing spoken word,

I will be the featured poet. I’ll be doing a reading from my new book,

FOUND ON BATHROOM WALLS. Brandon Pitts is responsible for

selecting most of the works in this book. It is really good. At least that

is the word on the street.

 I know it has been a while since I last was in the Seattle area,

if you’d care to see me or to hear a few of my poems, why don’t

you come up to Zippy’s in Everett. I hope to see you there!

FACEBOOK Events Page HERE 

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May 7 and Beyond  Levertov Readings  Various

Breathing the Water is a Seattle celebration of

the work and life of poet Denise Levertov has

begun. Events include films, readings, recitals

and other gatherings.

Next events:

On Thursday, May 7, at 7:00pm, at St. Joseph Parish,

poet and Levertov friend Jan Wallace, pastor of St Joseph,

Fr. John D. Whitney, SJ, and writer and parishioner

Rebecca Brown will present a brief biography of Levertov,

then read and discuss several Levertov poems, with special

emphasis on her Catholic poems and those written during the

time she was a parishioner at St Joseph. A St Joseph middle

school student will read original poems written with Levertov

Festival visiting writers.

On Saturday, May 9, at 11:00am, at Lakeview Cemetery,

Fr. Glen Butterworth will offer a gravesite blessing, and

Levertov friends and poets Jan Wallace and Emily Warn will read

Levertov and original poems.

Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 pm, at The Elliott Bay Book Company,

there will be a celebration of Levertov’s writing by Rebecca Brown

and other friends and writers influenced by her work.

On Saturday, May 16 (City of Seattle’s Denise Levertov Day),

Choral Arts, a vocal ensemble in residence at St Joseph Church

, where Levertov was a parishioner, will present the world

premiere of a setting of Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”

at 8:00pm at the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The evening starts with

a reception, at 6:15pm, and a pre-concert conversation at 7:30pm.

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May 8   Distinguished Writers  7 p.m.  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series with

Donald Kentop

Plus open mic

FREE

7:00 pm

This monthly event features a Distinguished

Writer followed by an Open Mic for all poets,

sign-up is at 6:45 pm.

Donald Kentop. Born in New York City, he graduated from

NYU and Columbia with a Masters in teaching of history.

After retiring, he devoted himself to poetry and has appeared

in numerous Northwest anthologies. His first collection of poems

was published in 2004 and he has recently published, Frozen In

Fire: A Documentary in Verse of the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911.

Admission is free. The event occurs monthly

the second Friday of every month at King’s

Books Sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry

Connection and the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Location:

King’s Books Website 

218 St Helens Ave  Tacoma, Washington 98402

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MAY 9TH  WORDS/MUSIC  Vaugn Wa.

Jerrry and Pam Libstaff are having another

evening of Memorable entertainment- music

and poetry at Their beautiful home overlooking

the Puget Sound. Program begins at 7 p.m.

Watch the sunset, the water, listen to a poet

And hear great music.

Poetry by   David D. Horowitz 

Music by  Leroy Bell

From Jerry Libstaff:

David D. Horowitz is a poet, writer, editor and publisher.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Master’s in

English he has taught at Vanderbilt University, Seattle Central

and Shoreline. If you follow poetry in Washington, you know

David. As a publisher, has published several books by well-known

Northwest poets and in 2007, a collection of work by 26 Northwest

Poets. With six collections of his own poetry, the last four published

by Rose Alley Press.  A poetry icon, himself, we welcome David

Horowitz to the waterfront.

LeRoy Bell is a true star. His career has included international

hits that have reached the top ten. He has written for and his

music has been performed by people such as The Spinners,

The O’Jays, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and Freda Payne.

Two of his songs were recorded by Elton John and one reached

number one on the international Adult/Contemporary chart.

LeRoy appeared at Words and Music on the waterfront in 2011

then went directly to LA for the X Factor where he reached the

top 8 in the contest. With six current albums, the latest

Rock and Soul, LeRoy is a powerhouse writer and performer.

Call 253-778-6559 for reservations or information

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 May 9  and . . . Poetry/Bus  1 p.m.  Bellevue

Poetry On Buses …On the Road….

Let’s explore “home” together – interrogating,

complicating and celebrating the question

“Where are you From?” Let’s do it with poetry –

at select libraries and at the Folklife Festival.

Join Michelle Peñaloza for poetry readings

from some of this year’s poets, plus poetry

writing workshops at the libraries, and music

by Love City Love on the Poetry Bus

at Folklife.

MAY 9, 1PM @ BELLEVUE LIBRARY

1111 110th Ave NE

Bellevue, 98004

ALSO AT FOLKLIFE !!!!!!

MAY 23, NOON – 6PM @ FOLKLIFE

Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA 98109

The next reading of Poetry on Buses  is Saturday, May 9 at

1:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue.

Then the next reading will be at Folk Life at Fisher Pavilion,

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street on May 23

starting at 12 noon to 6 p.m..

The poetry readings are followed by a facilitated poetry

writing workshop. It’s free and open to the public, and

especially recommended for ages 12 and up.

Poety on Buses Website here.

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May 11th Wedgewood Ale  Seattle

Lyn Coffin – features

Plus Open Mic

Monday, 11 May 2015

Sign-up at 8.  Show begins at 8:30,

Lyn comes on around 9:20

Lyn Coffin has just published two new books, one of fiction

The First Honeymoon, was published by Iron Twine Press

and received 477 bids for a publisher’s giveaway on Goodreads.

It features a blurb by Joyce Carol Oates. The other is A Taste of

Cascadia, two plays published by Whale Road Books. Her

translation of the 12th century epic is forthcoming from Poezia

this September. Bedouin Books will publish five of her plays in

Russian and English (and five of Natalya Churlyaeva’s) this

summer. Her poetry and that of Givi Alkhazishvili will be published

this summer. She teaches Literary Fiction at UW’s Continuing and

Professional Education.

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115

206 527 2676

Easy Speak at Wedgewood Website Here!

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May 13   Village Books  7 p.m.  Bellingham

Wednesday, May 13at 7:00pm

Matthew Brouwer reading!!!!

Village Books in Fairhaven

1200 11th St, Bellingham, Washington 98225

Matthew Brouwer writes:

My first reading in Bellingham from my new collection of poems,

Stories We Must Tell!  The first half recounts my journey of descent

after a backpacking injury in 2009 slowly stripped me of the ability to

walk. The second half is a bunch of newer poems on life, death, the

nature of suffering, societal tragedy, the cosmos, et al… Fun stuff!

“Part journal of an illness without diagnosis, part descent into and slow crawl out from the pit of despair, this fine collection disdains the simple journey of healing for an unblinking engagement with suffering and joy.” -Michael Schein, Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop

FACEBOOK Event Page HERE 

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MAY 14   Good Shepherd   Seattle

From David D. Horowitz

Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m.

Robinson Bolkum, Susan Casey,

Nancy Dahlberg, Victoria Ford,

Kristen McHenry, Raul Sanchez,

and David Thornbrugh

at

The Good Shepherd Center,

Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,

Seattle  WA

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.

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May 14  It’s About Time  6 p.m.  Ballard

Thurs. May 14, 2015 #307

Cate O’Toole, Jeremy Pataky, BJ Neblett

& Lori A. May on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time Reading Series

Every Second Thursday

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

FREE

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

5614 22nd Ave. N.W.

Seattle , WA 98107

206-684-4089

Wheelchair accessible.  Free

for information or to schedule a reading

Peggy Sturdivant, Curator

Coming Soon !!!!

Thurs. June 11, 2015 #308

Carol Levin, Irfan Mirza,

Christopher J.  Jarmick  &

Suzanne Bottelli on the Writer’s Craft

Thurs. July 9, 2015 #309

Euphrates Moss, Shannon P. Laws,

Diane Aprile & Joannie Stangeland

on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time website here:

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May 15-    Deep Waters South Sound Poetry  – Steilacoom

Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry

& Writers Venue

Poetry Reading May 15th, 7pm.

Featured Reader: Chris Dahl

Espresso at the Bay

1203 Rainier St

Steilacoom, WA

For more Check Website:

Chris Dahl has been writing poetry from an especially young age,                                                                               advancing from the school newspaper to publications such as Seattle

Review, Cascadia, and many others.  Her chapbook, Mrs. Dahl in the

Season of Cub Scouts, was published by Still Waters Press after

winning their Women in Words competition.  She received an MA from

the University of Washington “with emphasis on creative writing.”

A native of the state, she has lived most of her life at the edge of water

and, for the last fifteen years, has served on the board of the Olympia

Poetry Network as newsletter editor.  Years ago, she was praised for

being “metaphysical,” a charge which both surprised and disheartened

her—but which she has come to accept.

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May 16  Free Workshop  University Place

FREE ARTIST TRUST

POETRY WORKSHOP

Featuring: Michael Spence

May 16th

4601 Grandview Dr W University Place, WA

2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Register now at ckwalle@comcast.net

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May 19  Summit Pierce Library 7 p.m.  Tacoma

POET LAUREATE LUCAS SMIRALDO READS

Summit Pierce County Library

5107 112th St. E.

Tacoma 98446 • 253-548-3321

Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m

Join us for a poetry reading by

Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo.

He will read from his works, followed by Q&A

and

open mic.

He initiated the Laureate Listening Project, an audio anthology

celebrating the spirit of place in the Tacoma region. He is

collaborating on an opera about the Chinese expulsion from

Tacoma and efforts 100 years later to pursue reconciliation.

Available for purchase at the event:

  • “The Thing That Gathers” poetry collection – compassion, resilience and the gifted essence of everyday mysteries
  • “Voice of the Americas” CD – North America through multiple stories and personas accompanied by an original score

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May 20 WordsWest 7 p.m. West Seattle

WordsWest Literary Series Presents

Encountering the Everyday Wild

with Allen Braden and

Lyanda Lynn Haupt”

Favorite Poem by Eric Jordan

of The Office Junction

7:00 pm, Wed., May 20th, 2015,

C & P Coffee Co.,

5612 California Ave. SW,

Seattle  98136

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers

Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

For more information, WordsWest Website

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May 21  SoulFood Books 7 p.m. Redmond

Soulfood Poetry Night

Every 3rd Thursday  at 7 p.m.

May 21 Features

Larry Crist

and

Christine Clarke

plus Open Mic

FREE

Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from Humboldt

County in California. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston,

and London, as well as Philadelphia where he attended Temple

University and received an MFA in theatre. He’s been widely

published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry collection,

published by ATOM and available through Amazon and select

Northwest bookstores. Larry was in the Jack Straw Writer’s

Program in 2013 and has received three Pushcart nominations.

Christine Clarke is a molecular biologist and poet who currently

resides in Seattle, Washington. Her award-winning poetry has

been published in DMQ Review, Clover, Randomly Accessed

Poetics, Highland Park Poetry, and Storm Cycle 2013: The Best

of Kind of a Hurricane Press. She lives with a collection of oddly

named cacti, has too many books on her nightstand, and enjoys

the antics of the crows, jays, and hummingbirds

on her deck.

SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond

is located at 15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Soulfood Poetry Night Website

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May 22  RASP  7 P.M.   Redmond

Redmond Association of Spoken Word

Featured Reader:

Charles Finn

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Friday May 22 (special night)

7 p.m.

 Charles Finn is the editor of High Desert Journal and author

of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU

Press). His essays and poetry have appeared in a variety of

literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and consumer

magazines, including The Sun, Northern Lights, Wild Earth,

Silk Road, Open Spaces , Whitefish Review, High Country News,

Writers on the Range, and many others. A self-taught woodworker,

he is a proponent of “living little” and owner of A Room of One’s

Own, where he builds furniture and “microhomes,” one-room wood

cabins constructed entirely out of reclaimed lumber and materials.

He lives in Federal Way with his wife Joyce and their two cats Pushkin

and Lutsa.

Location:

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center

16600 NE 80th St, Redmond,

Washington 98052

Please join us! Come early to sign up for open mic.

Facebook Event page here

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May 23  Jack McCarthy’s Birthday -Marysville, WA

Just got an email from Carol McCarthy

about what is being planned…

From Carol’s email:

 There will be a Showcase Slam at the Evergreen Unitarian

Church in Marysville on the 23rd, Jack’s birthday.

 Robert Huston will be MC.  Mike McGee is organizing it. 

Please let people know.

Details will be on Jack’s website in the next

few days.

Jack McCarthy Website here 

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 Sat, May 30 at 3:00pm  Bainbridge

Eagle Harbor Book Company

157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island,

Washington 98110

Join us on May 30th from 3 – 5 pm

for our first Fill Your Summer Bookbag Bookfest celebration

at Eagle Harbor Books on beautiful Bainbridge Island!

The event features book signings, author-baked sweets,

and drawings for free books and literary items. Perhaps

the best part of this popular event, though, is mingling

and conversing with this friendly group of award-winning

Northwest authors including:

Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Alcala

Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella

Megan Chance, William Dietrich

Bridget Foley, Laurie Frankel

Elizabeth George, Thor Hanson

Adrianne Harun, Jennifer Louden

Kevin O’Brien, Suzanne Selfors

Rebecca Wells, Susan Wiggs

 –

Welcome to one and all! An easy walk from the Seattle to

Bainbridge ferry too, so Seattle friends, so do feel free to join

us! Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will benefit KRL

,Kitsap Regional Libraries. We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Events Page here 

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From Karen Bonaudi:

APPLICATIONS FOR FOURTH

WASHINGTON STATE

POET LAUREATE SOUGHT

Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next Poet

Laureate. The new Laureate will serve from Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31,

2018.

Current Laureate Elizabeth Austen is in the second year of her

two-year term and is presenting poetry workshops and readings across

Washington State in her quest to visit all 39 counties in Washington.

Former Laureates are Samuel Green and Kathleen Flenniken.

To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and

submit an application online. Applications must be submitted electronically

by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31.  The position is sponsored by ArtsWA and

Humanities Washington with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee.

More information and applications are available here  

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From Raven Chronicles:

Submissions Wanted for Vol. 22, Fall 2015 Issue:

Submission Deadlines/Reading Period: April 1 through June 1, 2015

(postmarked)  U.S.A. Submissions: Submit all work via US mail.

International Submissions: Submit work via email attachments.

See the Raven Website Here

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MAY AND beyond IN  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music Current Season began

on March 7th 2015

Melding  Authors, Poets, Singer/Songwriters and Artists

from around the country in an intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a beautiful setting

surrounded by nature.

Funding supports the entertainers. Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

Upcoming  Events

5/9   LeRoy Bell  with David D. Horowitz      

6/5  Ari Hest with Carl Palmer

July -Holley McCreary

August – Rodney Branigan

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

with Christopher J. Jarmick

10/3  – Melissa Greener

To find out more email us at

info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.

Sincerely,

Jerry Libstaff

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to
checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!

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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is
here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9) 

Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the website
throughout 2015.

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NaPoWriMo Day 32 – NaPoWriMo Wrap-up May 2, 2015

May 1, 2015

Welcome to the Wrap-up of NaPoWriMo  2015 Whew… that was intense and invigorating.  I hope you pushed yourself a bit this year and wrote some interesting things that you wouldn’t have attempted otherwise.  Perhaps with a little re-writing, revising and editing some of your NaPoWriMo writes will blossom into poems worth keeping, sharing and even publishing!    A few poems that are in my new poetry collection, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press) available in September of 2015, began as NaPoWrimo writes.  A couple of others have been published in print journals or anthologies.

To be honest, sometimes the prompt writes surprise me.  I approach NaPoWriMo prompts seriously, but I also look at prompt writing as writing exercises akin to a runner stretching and warming up before a race.  It is for me like an improvisation exercise.   I expect from my efforts there will be some good phrases, and groundwork that will lead me to writing a poem worth keeping, but when something better than that happens, I’m am appreciative and genuinely surprised.   When it happens a few times during the month, I chalk it up to being in good writing shape.  I write something nearly every day (not always poetry).  Some days I write thousands of words, others a few hundred.   So my challenge during NaPoWriMo is to… 1) come up with interesting and challenging prompt posts (that aren’t IMPOSSIBLE for newer writers and poets to take on) for each day of NaPoWriMo and to participate in someone else’s NaPoWriMo related prompt challenge. This year I also wrote a poem every day for the Writers Digest Poem a Day challenge.  I wrote a few extras no one saw (which are pretty terrible) and a few decent poems outside of the prompts that may wind up being ‘keepers’.

Thanks for checking in from time to time or every day.  I hope NaPoWriMo tuned up your writing habit and you had fun being creative along the way.  And if it drove you a bit nuts… well that’s good too . . . particularly if you pushed through it and reached a new goal for yourself.

A few times per month on this blog, I post the NorthWest Poetry Update which compiles mostly free poetry readings and open mics that are happening in the Western Washington State Area (mostly).  You might also notice there’s a POETRY DAY OF THE WEEK page on this blog (telling you about many regularly scheduled poetry readings in Western Washington and a couple in the Portland OR area.

Sometimes I create other blog posts and my intention is to do a few more of those during the next few months.   Feel free to FOLLOW the blog and you’ll get an email when I post something.

NAPOWRIMO PROMPT 30

Write an end Poem that ends with the words THIS IS THE END

This is a door

By Christopher J. Jarmick

This not the beginning

It has been here.

It was here previously.

It could have been here in another form

under a different guise or perhaps invisible.

Perspective tells us

we should not assume we know anything.

We are unreliable witnesses to everything.

We don’t know anything for certain.

Not even this.

So what is the point?

Is the point mere experience?

Or perhaps it is the sharing of the experience.

An experience as we decide to define it.

This is whatever I decide it is.

Because.

Marilyn Monroe’s picture

is above the eggs benedict

on the theme diner menu

waiting for Mark Doty to notice

and for his comment to be part

of the Poets and Writer article

I read a couple of days ago.

It needs to be part of a poem

even if I don’t understand why.

Did the people who drew things

on cave walls in the dark

believe doing so

freed them?

It is everything you need to know.

It is absolutely nothing.

It is only one part of a bigger story.

It is the door closing behind you.

You are not here. It is the end.

Teresa’s Prompt 30 poem

Stops

By Teresa Jarmick

Five or six, peeking through screen

Just high enough to see smell and talk

To the bedded person that loved me.

First row bleachers, back in kindergarten

I had something to share with the class.

Teacher redirected me.

Time repeats silent story

Soundless interstate travel

This is the end.

Writers Digest Poem-a-Day Prompt 30

Suggests writing a poem that includes the phrase  ‘bury the …..  (you complete it).

Parasite or Not a Poem About My Muse.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

It should be clear by now

I intend to grab hold

arouse your interest

scream, yell, shout,

scratch, kick, bite

even expose myself

it that’s what it takes.

If you are like me

you’ll resist it

refuse to be taken in

and on principle

not continue to encourage

such blatant attention-seeking

desperation by a hack

poseur or worse a trickster.

There is all around us

uncensored streams

of over the top

exaggerated sensory overloads

employed to market and sell

products, proposals and ideas.

You know there is no place for it

In the realms of respectable,

proper literature

and never in your

most sacrosanct of work;

poetry.

Bury the beast

Bury temptation

Bury the madness

But we both know

quest of knowledge and

curiousity compels

you to bear witness.

You’ll comfort yourself

that it was inevitable

and the slight betrayal

of your principals

can remain a kept secret

a comfortable shame.

But like the deadliest

of parasites, now that I am in

I will grow inside of you,

feast myself first on

left-overs

work myself up to

occasional nibbles in

places that will produce

nearly imperceptible discomfort

and just as you realize

you can not keep the secret inside

any longer, perhaps when you

begin to reveal your shame,

that is when I will strike at

your most vital of organs

and bring you to your knees.

Your appetite for the unsavory

will be impossible to conceal

and everything that you feared

will curse your daily existence

and the more you protest

the more you blame

the more you try to conceal

the louder will you

scream, yell, shout.

Lock yourself in a room

scratch, kick, bite

the only cure for this

is to expose yourself,

embrace and own your greatest fears

Suffer both ridicule

and puerile curses

along with

undeserved praise

in plain view

and realize

your ravenous appetite

insures you will do it  all again

tomorrow.

Teresa’s Prompt 29 Poem

Make up a word and use it in a poem

Evagrou

By Teresa Jarmick

Complicated tubes connecting

Engines powered by whispered

Sly tongues alternating

Misery, comfort, misery

Engaging names dropped

Butter on breadless crumbs.

Don’t trust her, the evagrou.

PROMPT 31

Combine two previous prompts to write your poem.  I combined at least three: the Septolet, political and make up your own word prompt to come up with.

Wires from Baltimore

By  Christopher J. Jarmick

1.

What

did the

FOX folks say?

Baltimore is

our third world

middle

east!

2.

25 year old Freddie Gray

from the birthplace of Thurgood Marshall

and Cab Calloway

was told to stop by the cops,

but tried to run away.

“Apprehended without incident’

on April twelve, they say.

then Freddie had a ‘massive spinal injury’

on his ride to the station, anyway.

He complained he was in pain

and definitely not okay

but didn’t see the docs

until much later that day.

Something wrong happened here

you can logically say

and it should be made crystal clear

April 19th ,is the day

they said;

Freddie’s dead.

3.

Last Saturday,

The  Baltimoristan police chief

called peaceful protests

a ‘lynch mob,’

Doesn’t take a poet or editor

to spot the bad word choice here.

4.

Last Saturday and Sunday

on Facebook

a few dozen high school kids

posted they should meet at

the mall after school on Monday

and have a ‘purge night’ of

reckless looting—like ‘in those

recent movies.’

So public transportation

was restricted meaning

hundred of teenagers

would be stranded at the mall.

But not to worry,

dozens of cops in riot gear

were on the scene demonstrating

just what a police state looks like.

‘Life isn’t at all like ‘The Purge’, kids,

it’s more like ‘Hunger Games’.’

5.

When the police told the media

gang members made threats

about killing some officers,

The Nation of Islam

invited rival gang members

to a church where they

held hands and pledged

to help stop any violent protests.

Imagine Fox correspondents trying to

explain that an organization called Islam

Is NOT a terrorist group.

Don’t worry.  Didn’t happen.

Cable news folks were too busy covering

each other having fun

at a fancy news correspondent dinner

with politicians, 40 miles away.

Who says there’s no such thing as a

free lunch?

6.

When the riots began

CNN and FOX news anchors

proclaimed they had not seen

such mayhem in decades

as if they weren’t around

a few news cycles ago

in Ferguson.

7.

“Doesn’t look like any America

I know,” said one well dressed

middle-aged white news anchor.

I wish I could be so myopic

I don’t see neighborhoods in cities like Detroit

and Baltimore where tens of thousands

live below the poverty line in places

where rat infested abandoned buildings

are turned into shooting galleries for

heroin addicts?

Maybe you believe that was all made up

to publicize HBO’s The Wire ?

Maybe the Baltimore you know is the

Inner Harbor of million dollar condos and luxury tourist

hotels and not the neighborhoods east and west

where you’ll find the highest concentration of AIDS

cases anywhere in the U.S.

AIDS?  Is that still a thing?

8.

Thugs thugs thugs

tHugs thugs thugs

thUgs  thugs thugs

thuGs thugs thugs

thugS thugs thugs

“They aren’t protestors – they are thugs.”

orange is the new black  and

The T word is the new N word.

No wait, thug is okay, President Obama

called the looters in Baltimore, thugs.

Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman

and Baltimore looters

are thugs

from gangs like the

Black Guerillas.

I heard it on the news today

. . . oh boy…

10.

As the riots turned to looting, and violence,

windows were smashed, cars and buildings

lit on fire.

We saw footage from a helicopter

of angry protestors throwing rocks

at police in riot gear.

“The thugs are throwing boulders at the police. . .”

said the reporter.

“There are gangs involved in this. . .” said another.

Crips, Blood and BGF to name the names… only

Fox folks delighted in making sure they said

‘Black Guerillas,’ which sounds just like ‘Black Gorillas’

rather then saying BGF or the more generic

gangs.

“Gangs like the Black Guerillas,” they said.

some of these thugs are Black Guerillas…” they said.

Over and over again, Black Guerillas this and Black Guerillas that

and they weren’t reciting an anaphoric poem

but suddenly had regressed into 11 year-olds

on a playground daring each other to say, “Pussy”.

Only worse. . . Black Guerillas. . .

11.

And oh how they carried on. . .

even laughing and joking at the footage

of the black mother slapping and punching what we

presume is her son.

“if there were more folks like her

there wouldn’t be any riots in Baltimore…”

Problem solved.

Thanks FOX.

I should have had more faith

that you would figure this out for us

while giving us thrilling visuals

and your usual brand of entertaining

R. C. commentary

(Racist Colored commentary).

12.

There is a silver lining on

these clouds of Gray.

The Fox lead in should be:

Donald Trump publicly admits Obama

is a great president.

Can’t make this up.

Trumps Tweet:

Our great African American President

hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs

who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

Now join hands with me and sing:

‘We shall comb over.’

NOTES

The not completely unexpected Baltimore riots have given us a barrage of irresponsible reporting from the usual sources.  This sequence begins with a syllable Septolet (a lesser known French poetry form).

Sources and references include the following:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/how-baltimore-riots-began-mondawmin-purge

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/the-baltimore-riots-that-didnt-happen/391931/

http://nypost.com/2015/04/27/rival-gangs-team-up-to-take-out-baltimore-cops/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/28/what-you-really-need-to-know-about-baltimore-from-a-reporter-who-lived-there-for-30-years/?postshare=7021430269996714

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/04/28/donald-trump-barack-obama-tweets-baltimore-riots/26500879/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/04/28/donald-trump-barack-obama-tweets-baltimore-riots/26500879/

Enjoy

Keep Writing

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NaPoWriMo Day 31 – Prompt for April 31, 2015 aka May 1, 2015

April 30, 2015

Welcome to Day 31  of NaPoWriMo.  HEY….  WAIT A MINUTE!!!!  Tomorrow I’ll have wrap up with my Prompt 30 and 31 poem and post a catch-up, hopefully, of Teresa poems….maybe I’ll even plug my upcoming poetry collection Not Aloud due out this September from MoonPath Press. . . HEY!  Wait a minute….!!!

DAY 31  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 31, 2015 

Xtra….  Yep… an extra.  Write your extra poem.   Look at any of the 30 prompts I posted this year for NaPoWriMo and write another poem using that prompt or combine a couple of prompts to write your poem.   C’mon one more…

NAPOWRIMO PROMPT 29 POEMS

Creating a new word or two and make it the focus of your poem

Vocabuloria!

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Poets in passionate vocabulation

flourishing vocabularments,

vocalaJuggling with feats of

vocabuleeze until readers are

in an oversatiated vocabuloric stupor

Declaring war on poetics.

No more….

Die.. die… die

We can’t process anything if your

embellishmementums

put us into a brain dead vocabuloma

Stop

you insistent too hip, too smart, too profound

too depressed, too heartbroken for the room

wordsmiths.

Take a deep breath,

Give us a moment to catch up

with your empathyisms

If you insist on a three ring circus

create your show

one ring at a time,

and give us copies of the program

so we can sort of keep up

with what’s going on.

Writers Digest Poem a Day Prompt 29

Write a what you don’t know poem

Church Key

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Is it subtle reference to Ovid

or obscure Greek poet,

I don’t know.

It may be the code of the poem

but it remains unbroken.

The patterns on the dishes

in the sink,

could mean many things,

the things we purposefully collect

even more.

Pieces of childhood we enjoy holding onto

I understand.

But the antique church key?

She gave it to me, saying

it meant her heart was in my hands.

“If you tire of me return it.”

She said her grandmother gave it to her

just before she died.

Months after she left me,

I realized I still had the key.

I don’t know why I’ve kept it.

Perhaps you think the answer clear;

she stole something precious from me,

leaving like she did,

so I kept the key to her heart

so that she’ll never truly be able

to give her heart to anyone else

as long as I possess this key.

But I don’t believe in spells, or magic

or literal keys to anyone’s heart.

People might convince themselves

someone has them under a spell

or possesses them,

but it is not ever true.

And now that I write this,

I like the idea of putting the key

in a box of books or bag of clothes

that I’ll donate to Goodwill.

But I haven’t,

and won’t do it next time either.

I’ve kept it for years.

I don’t know why.

Enjoy

Keep Writing

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NaPoWriMo Day 30 – Prompt for April 30, 2015

April 29, 2015

Welcome to Day 30  of NaPoWriMo.  And here we are with the prompt for the last day of the month.  Did you challenge yourself to write every day? Did you challenge yourself to get outside of the box and write something completely different than what you normally write? Did you exercise your muse and take on some prompts?  Did you sometimes say to yourself. . . I DO NOT LIKE THAT PROMPT….I won’t do that prompt, not in a house, not with a mouse. . . . and did you discover that taking on the challenge you wrote something that either turned out better than you expected or opened up something that will lead to something even better in the near future?  I sincerely wish you have that sort of experience.  Continue to write every day, create your own prompts, take on prompts already posted you haven’t tried before, find sites LIKE THIS ONE that post weekly posts.

Tomorrow, I’ll have another post.. so stay tuned.

DAY 30  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 30, 2015 

This is the End, sang Jim Morrison.  Write an end poem.   It can be an end of the month poem, a last poem for your next collection of poetry, an end of a era, relationship, or world poem.  The last four words of the poem should be:  this is the end.

 NAPOWRIMO PROMPT 28 POEMS

Prompt 28 suggested you read an excerpt from How To Read a Poem and then write you poem.

Becoming the Poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Thank you for the precious moments you spend

with these words.

I imagine them not simply gravel, or twigs

you travel upon

but unique birdsongs, and even loud noises

that stop you in your tracks

rudely interrupt your own thoughts and

swarm around you like thousands of gnats

that you must swat away.

It is the something you take notice of

because it is out of place

perhaps it is of such breathtaking beauty

or such incredible coincidence

that you feel that sensation of new love.

It fills your eyes, it captures your breath,

it softly touches your skin and purrs in your ear

which in the next moment

scares you with its nearly instant naked intimacy.

Your guard goes up, tense and defensive

But then,

slowly

you realize there is no danger,

you are safer in this place

than anywhere else you could be.

No one will harm you here

You can open your mind and have thoughts

that no one will judge or criticize.

They will be completely understood

by a stranger you will never meet.

And you know this, absolutely.

You can reach out and find exactly the sort

of touch you need in this moment,

and if you’d like

you can even close your eyes

drift into the deep and restful slumber

that will recharge your soul

for the rest of your journey ahead.

Writers Digest Poem a Day Prompt 28

Two for Tuesday prompt write a matter or anti-matter poem

Whatsa’ Matter You – An E = mc2 Poem.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

If for every particle of matter

there is an anti-matter particle

but gravity affects both equally

and their meeting in mass

created the Big Bang that begat

our Universe, then why is

the Universe made up of matter particles.

How did one particle matter more than another

and survive annihilation?

And what of discovered particles that may

contain both matter and anti-matter

that aren’t affected by gravity or

magnetic fields?

Concentrations of energy

created by matter and anti-matter

make cosmic rays

which one of Buck Rogers

of was it Flash Gordon’s nemesis

threatened to destroy earth with

and in a 50s creature feature or two

created giant insects.

Rays (cosmic, gamma) also made a super-hero or two,

and become a doomsday machine

in a lousy Dan Brown novel.

It’s hard to make anti-matter

since it vanishes when it touches anything.

All of this is for scientists only perhaps

but in a poets’ perspective. . .

I think we’ve all had a few relationships

where after touching someone, they seem to vanish.

Never call, don’t answer their phone… aren’t

ever seen or heard from again.

Doesn’t usually happen instantaneously, I realize,

but the delayed reaction might open up a

whole new field of study.

No matter?

Isn’t matter as much an illusion as

truth in advertising, you say?

That’s quantum physics

worthy perhaps of another poem,

–when I have the energy.

POETRY MATTERS

By Christopher J. Jarmick

1.

I know the earth is not flat,

the sun doesn’t revolve around the earth

and poetry is not dead.

2.

Contrary to popular belief,

poetry isn’t anti-prose that vanishes

when it touches anything other

than another poet.

3.

Mathematics and Science

are bedfellows

as are Poetry and Mathematics.

(Need I explain iambic pentameter?)

Politicians have long feared both

science and poetry.

Both have survived.

4.

There is hope for poetry’s future.

Carl Sagan became famous in the 1970s

and recently so has Neil deGrasse Tyson.

There is hope for poetry’s future.

If every 40 years (or so) an Astro-physicist

can become a media darling,

there is hope for poetry’s future.

Enjoy

Keep Writing

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NaPoWriMo Day 29 – Prompt for April 29, 2015

April 28, 2015

Welcome to Day 29  of NaPoWriMo.  And then there were TWO… can you believe IT!?!

I forgot all about the million line poem project that Tupelo Press began until yesterday when just for fun I submitted a couplet for it…. AND it was accepted.  What fun!   A few months ago I submitted a poem called Hummingbird I wrote (and almost completely forgot about) for consideration to a new anthology called Poeming Pigeons.  Yep.. it got accepted and that book is about to come out.  They’re kicking off an event in Portland, Oregon for the book (I can’t make it… but if you’re nearby consider going).  They will doing another anthology soon and are about to open submissions for it.  Click on the links to read more about either or both.

The folks in Auburn, Washington are ending Poetry Month with a (wi-CKED) bang at the Auburn Theatre April 30th and a reading that features past Auburn Poet Laureate Dick Brugger, present Auburn Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel and Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen. 7 pm (doors open at 6) Thursday, April 30th in the Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave, Auburn, WA 98002.  It’s FREE and there’ll be light refreshments too!!!

DAY 29  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 29, 2015 

Make up a word.  Make up a couple of words if you want.   Create a poem about and using this new word or couple of words.

 NAPOWRIMO PROMPT 27 POEMS

Suggested writing a ‘color-full’ poem.

Love Colored

By Christopher J. Jarmick

As the sun set outside

the periwinkle sky was streaked

with mauve and mazarine

from a saffron and magenta horizon

and inside the Red Lights Casino Castaneous Lounge,

polka-dotted notions filled the blues singers

previously nigrine thoughts with rose-colored hope.

Her filemot outlook metamorphosing

into a fluorescent hyacinthine

bursting into bright ponceau.

She was in love.

Her monochrome life

with its sepia tinged memories

now pavonated with puniceous

porphyrous, vitellary.

Her blues now azure

with notes of nacarat and meline.

Definitions:

azure     light or sky blue

castaneous         chestnut-coloured

filemot               dead-leaf colour; dull brown

hyacinthine        of a blue or purple colour

magenta              reddish purple

mauve                light bluish purple

mazarine             rich blue or reddish-blue colour

meline                canary-yellow

nacarat               bright orange-red

nigrine                black

pavonated          peacock-blu

periwinkle           a bluish or azure colour

ponceau              poppy red

porphyrous        purple

puniceous           bright or purplish red

saffron                orange-yellow

sepia                    fine brown

vitellary                bright yellow

Teresa’s Prompt 27 poem

Color Me

By  Teresa Jarmick

Salmon meringue consistently

Not white.

Freckled red oak

Gravel halo.

Me.

XTRA….

Slightly Sunburned in Sequim

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Not satisfied with getting slightly sunburned

in Sequim, by sitting outside too long.

My wife ,has picked her super-hero name:

Pink Flippers.

Perhaps a member of the Fantastic Five Footwear team:

Puma, Air, Dunks, The Clog, and P.F.

whose secret lair

is underneath Nike Town.

Writers Digest  Prompt 27 Poem

the prompt was to write a  ‘looking back’ poem.

When NOT to look back

By  Christopher J. Jarmick

If you are running away

through the woods

or in Venice

DON”T

Look back

Look at where you are going

focus on moving fast

and not falling down.

If you are running away

from betrayal, violence

DON’T

Look back

You won’t see what’s left

of your heart

beating on the ground.

If you are running away

from a misunderstanding,

age or out of boredom

Stop.  Sit down.

You need a plan, a purpose

or you’ll run right into regret

which will absorb into your skin

and take its slow sadistic revenge.

Enjoy

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