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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

found poem: a stranger

found poem: glued

Rejection Letters, belatedly

When, back in August, the journal Rejection Letters accepted two of my poems, I was thrilled. They said the poems would be published on September 29, which I noted in my calendar — on today’s date, October 29. Geez. So here, belatedly, are my two Rejection Letters poems, “The new math” and “At the laundromat with Pablo Picasso.” Thank you Rejection Letters!

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

found poem: poetry

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: drawn

found poem: a poem

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.

tonight.

Should you find yourself otherwise unengaged this evening, Friday, March 26, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, Zoom on over to RASP, the Redmond Association of Spokenword, where I’ll be holding forth as the evening’s featured poet. On offer will be some found poems and some conventional-form poems, plus some conversation and a chance to share your own poem(s) during the open-mic portion of the evening. Please join me! (Zoom link here.)

One Sentence Poems

I love the online journal One Sentence Poems and am very grateful when they publish one of mine, including “It’s open,” which has just appeared. (Links to others in the sidebar at left.)

The Inflectionist Review

As promised, yet another poem published: “Lesson” appears in Issue 12 of The Inflectionist Review, edited by John Sibley Williams and A. Molotkov, and alongside numerous poets whose work I admire. Very grateful.

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