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Poets Reading the News

Special thanks to Elle Aviv Newton, Dori Mondon, and Poets Reading the News!

a poem, for a change

On the trail

How courteous we were
yesterday as we stepped

off the trail to allow others
plenty of room to pass

untouched, no brushing
of shoulders, not close enough

to notice that in our isolation
we hadn’t bathed, that we’d barely

climbed out of our pajamas,
run the toothbrush round

our mouths before yielding
ourselves to this extravagance

of spring, the river an icy celadon
in a stripe of afternoon sun,

moss-painted boulders big as cars,
fallen trees tossed in a snarl,

the ups and downs of the path
playing with the song

of the river, louder, softer,
as we step aside, wait, smile

at the dogs rushing to greet us,
to reassure us, it’s okay, you smell good.
 
 
© J.I. Kleinberg

One Sentence Poems, again (and again)

One Sentence Poems has selected two of my short (one-sentence) poems for publication: “Song” and “Resolution.” Really appreciate the careful work of editors Dale Wisely, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, and Tony Press.

Canary

On the Seawall

Brave New Word, again

If having poems published can be called accidental, this issue of Brave New Word comes close. I had submitted these five found poems to another journal and received the nicest rejection letter ever. In it, editor Volodymyr Bilyk explained that the publication could not use visual works, but that he’d be happy to accept them for the upcoming issue Brave New Word. Herewith. And thanks.

Jam & Sand

Take A Stand

Very pleased to have my poem
“Neither Silence Nor Forgetting”
included in the important new
Raven Chronicles Press anthology,
Take A Stand: Art Against Hate (p. 129).

Thank You
to editors Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché,
and Thomas Hubbard,
to the many fine writers and artists
whose work appears in this substantial volume,
and to the many unnamed people whose lives
and stories are shared in these pages.

this Friday in Anacortes, Washington

The monthly poetry series at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse continues on Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:00pm, with an evening of poetry and music with young Skagit poet Piet Anna Pruitt, featured poets Luther Allen and J.I. Kleinberg, and a musical set by Anacortes’ own Pearl Tottenham.

Luther Allen writes poetry and designs buildings from Sumas Mountain, Washington. He facilitates SpeakEasy, a community poetry reading series in Bellingham, and is co-editor of Noisy Water, an anthology of local poets. His collection of poems, The View from Lummi Island, can be found at Other Mind Press. His work is included in the recent anthologies WA 129 (edited by Tod Marshall), Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (edited by Yvonne Blomer), Poets Unite! LitFUSE @10, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), and For Love of Orcas (edited by Jill McCabe Johnson and Andrew Shattuck McBride). His short story “The Stilled Ring” was finalist in the annual fiction contest at terrain.org. He views writing as his spiritual practice.

Twice nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg is co-editor of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press 2017) and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015), and co-produces the Bellingham-based SpeakEasy poetry series. Her poetry has appeared in One, Pontoon, Pedestal Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, December, and elsewhere, and more than 300 of her found-word collage poems have been published in print and online. She lives in Bellingham and posts frequently at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com and occasionally on Instagram @jikleinberg.

Please join us!

Lines + Stars

Thanks to Lines + Stars for including my poem “Ten” in the Winter/Spring issue on the theme anniversaries. (And thanks, too, to whom it was written.)

another five

Pomme Journal

Alba

two more…

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs is a wonderful online literary publication with a twist. Each featured text is written in response to a previously published piece. If you click the three dots below the text (or, in the case of my found poem, below the image), you’ll be taken to the poem that inspired it. The three dots (the breadcrumbs) reach backward in time (five years, in this case) to connect a long series of linked poems and prose. I’m very happy to be part of this collection.

new poem

Sometimes poems get accepted by a journal and then are published with no further fanfare. Just discovered that my poem “Paying Attention” was quietly published in E.Ratio Poetry Journal, issue 29. Who needs fanfare? Very grateful.

Otoliths, again

Otoliths is “a magazine of many e-things” and I’m honored to have five of my things included in Otoliths 56. My work was previously published in Otoliths 42.

untethered

Just received my copy of untethered, Vol. 5.1, a print journal out of Toronto that includes four of my found poems. Thanks, untethered!

The Odd

Thursday in Vancouver, Washington

On the second Thursday of every month, Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Washington, opens its doors to poetry. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic offers an evening of featured readers, open mic, plus food and libations provided by Niche Wine Bar.

On Thursday, January 9, 2020, Luther Allen and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg will share the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic feature spot.

On the gallery walls: Ninth Annual Celebration of the Male Form.

Lots to enjoy. Hope to see you there!

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