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postcard recap

August is a great time to read and to be near the water, but in terms of gardening, cultural events, and even travel, it is often less than ideal. Nonetheless, August has become one of my favorite months thanks to the Poetry Postcard Fest. Since 2011, I’ve been writing a poem each day of August and mailing it to one of the other 31 people in my assigned group. They do the same, and the postcards appear in the mailbox like magic (though it’s rare to get the full complement of 31).

In a number of years past, I’ve written on a theme. Since this year’s list (Group 1 of 17) included many people I’ve exchanged cards/poems with in the past, I used and incorporated words or lines from their poems to prompt mine. I appreciate anything that takes my writing in unexpected directions (like the accidental phrases in my found poems) as well as the sense of reinforcing the connection with this far-flung group of poets.

This year’s incoming poems were better than ever and the daily practice encourages me to keep writing. Along with a selection of “bonus” cards sent by people not on this year’s list, I had a lovely bonus face-to-face meeting with one of the poets on my list who was visiting Bellingham on a journey up the West Coast. I’ve already signed up for the 2023 Poetry Postcard Fest, and you can too!

Turtle Island Quarterly

Many publications popping up at once… and I’m not complaining. My poem “If nothing holds, then begin anew” has just been published in issue 23 of Turtle Island Quarterly. Thank you to editor David Bogue and TIQ!

Dispatches from Quarantine

Some things just take a while. I submitted two poems to the online journal Dispatches from Quarantine back in February 2021. “The evolution, April” and “Surge” were published this week as Dispatch #081. Big thanks to Alexandra Kostoulas for seeing it through.

Memorial Day

This cloth

This folding and refolding of clouds, this rippled quilt of sea
pulled to shore and away — this is not the work of a god I believe in,
only a cinematic trick, a way to speak of the unfathomable,
distract eye and heart from bodies bloodied and fallen
in a synagogue, at a concert — oh any place bodies can huddle
in a moment’s hope or grief. The cloth of us ripped and frayed,
every thread torn from itself, warp from weft. And still,
here is what we do: collect the threads, pick the strands of light
from darkness, hold the gnarled ball in open palms to gather
our tears and then, slow as autumn’s night absorbs light,
we begin to weave.

. . . . .

weaving by J.I. Kleinberg, “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower” named for a poem by Dylan Thomas

poem by J.I. Kleinberg published in Clementine Unbound, February 2019

the other sentence

Train

I live about a half mile from the train. The tracks follow the long curve of Bellingham Bay and the train sounds its horn repeatedly along the way, always the same four blasts, long long short long. I wrote a little poem about it and D.W. Adams, who likes trains, included it in today’s edition of Train: a poetry journal.

Quartet

Back in July, I posted the good news that my poem “Ornament” had been published in Quartet Journal, Volume 1, Number 3. Here it is late October and Quartet has again honored me by selecting “Ornament” as the feature poem in their new call for submissions, currently appearing on a variety of poetry pages all over Facebook. Thank you again, Quartet Journal!

The Poeming Pigeon: today

The latest edition (the 11th) of the literary journal The Poeming Pigeon is themed From Pandemic to Protest and I’m honored to have an early pandemic poem, “On the trail, March,” included.

The Poetry Box LIVE will host a reading on Zoom today, Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 4:00pm Pacific, and you’re invited. The reading is expected to last 90 minutes; I’ll read 11th of 31 poets. No advance registration is required. Click here for details or find the event info on Facebook.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Raven Chronicles Press, editors Phoebe Bosché, Anna Bálint, and Thomas Hubbard, and all the contributing poets whose combined efforts turned Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, a Raven Chronicles Anthology into the winner of the 2021 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. I am honored that my poem “Neither Silence nor Forgetting” is included.

Congratulations as well to the other winners and finalists in this year’s awards program.

Sweet Tree Review

River Heron Review

Red Eft Review (again!)

Red Eft Review

So grateful to editor Corey Cook, who has published my poem “Summer Days” in Red Eft Review. (A red eft is the terrestrial juvenile stage in the metamorphosis of the eastern newt of North America.)

Quartet Journal

Quartet Journal has published my poem “Ornament” in the Summer 2021 issue along with a brief explanation. (The poem appears not quite halfway down the page.) I’m honored to be included in this lovely collection.

found poem: TO EXIST

FERAL: A Journal of Poetry and Art

Hugely pleased to have two of my found poems in Issue 8 of FERAL: A Journal of Poetry and Art, pages 64 and 65. (Just received the hard copy of this impressive journal. It’s large — 8.25″ x 11.625″ — printed on heavy coated stock with lots of images.)

found poem: begin

Sienna Solstice

In honor of the solstice, the new issue of Sienna Solstice is out today, with one of my found poems included (on page 30). Always happy to be part of the celebration, though it seems somehow wrong that today should initiate the shortening of the days.

interview!

If you’re a regular in these parts, you may know that Luther Allen and I co-produce a long-running poetry-reading series, SpeakEasy. Normally held before a live audience here in Bellingham, Washington, SpeakEasy has gone Zoom in the last year, and tomorrow, Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, we will host SpeakEasy 28: Homecoming with Rena Priest. Rena, who has just been named Washington State Poet Laureate 2021-2023, will be joined by four of her poetry mentors: James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Pagh, and Jeanne Yeasting. It should be a wonderful evening of poetry. If you’d like to join us, just send an email to othermindpress AT gmail.com and request the Zoom link.

Meanwhile, in the run-up to tomorrow’s event, Margaret Bikman, the doyenne of all-things-arts-and-entertainment in our region, interviewed Luther and me. The 20-minute interview will stream online today, Friday, April 23, and again tomorrow, Saturday, April 24, in the 10:30am hour Pacific time (i.e., sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 it will air, but we can’t provide a more precise time). To listen in, go to KMRE.org or tune in live in Bellingham at 102.3FM. If you miss it, the interview will eventually be posted on Margaret’s Arts & Entertainment Spotlight podcast page.

Hope you’ll join us for one or more of these events in honor of National Poetry Month.

solstice anthology

Enormously pleased to have two poems in the hot-off-the-press anthology, Solstice: Light & Dark of the Salish Sea (Chuckanut Sandstone Press). Edited by Carla Shafer, the collection features the work of 29 poets in two sections, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice. I have a poem in each section and will be reading the summer poem as part of the online book launch on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific. The reading is free on Zoom, but advance registration is required. Would love you to join us (and I’ll be reading second, so don’t be late!).

Solstice is available for purchase through Village Books.

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