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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.

Claw & Blossom

After a quiet spell in February, it looks like there’s a little run of new publications showing up. Very happy to have my poem “Cabin” published in Issue 8 of Claw & Blossom.

found poem: clouds

found poem: the kitchen

found poem: A VENTRILOQUIST

found poem: the poet

Tonight! SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread

If you’re interested in the intersection of poetry and spirit, you may want to Zoom in to this evening’s SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread. I won’t be reading, but I co-produce the SpeakEasy series with Luther Allen and I think the program will offer considerable food for thought.

Each of the poets — Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Bruce Beasley, Jennifer Bullis, and Dayna Patterson — will share a poem and comment on the process of writing linked poems.

This will be our first virtual SpeakEasy, but definitely not the last. In fact, the poetry produced for SpeakEasy 27 quickly exceeded the constraints of a single reading, so it will be presented as a series. This program, Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7:00pm Pacific, will be followed by another on Saturday, December 12, with future dates TBA. The sessions will be recorded and available for viewing online.

Participation is free on a first-come, first-serve basis, but you must have a password to access the Zoom room. You can find a more complete description, the poets’ bios, and access information on the SpeakEasy 27 page. (This is also where the videos will be posted.)

poem!

Continuing with the everything-published-at-once theme, here is perhappened magazine, with my poem “Stepping out” published in the brand new mixtape issue. Each of the poems is inspired by a song and links to the songs are provided along with the poems.

found poem: my weekend

found poem: when I called

found poem: a shared language

poem

Overtaken by a rash of rhyming and curse as a prompt, I wrote this poem in the other Before-time: before The Election, before 45 was a poisonous number.

Thanks to editor Jerome Betts and Lighten Up Online, it has now found its way into Issue 50 and the world alongside much rhyming, much wry commentary, and some very clever poems.

found poem: we Wrote

poem

The evolution

For a while, in the first months
of the pandemic, you feared your hands:

that they might be the engine of your destruction,
grab from the air, from book or doorknob,

newspaper or broccoli, the errant cell calling
to your lungs. Those hands, lathered, rinsed,

laundry hung out in a dust storm, dragged back in,
washed again. And your face, itching, yearning

for them, abandoned lover. Later, the air itself
became suspect and you held your breath on the trail,

in the grocery store, at the mailbox. Yet, shocked
by your isolation, your fear of contamination,

you came to enjoy the whims of unstructured days,
the naps and chickadees and jigsaw puzzles.

You called old friends, cleaned cupboards, ticked tasks
off your list, learned new technology. You had

no passport, no visa for the country called the future.
The microorganism would stamp your documents,

or not. So you gardened as if someone else
might harvest the beautiful purple peapods,

the lettuce, even the sudden radishes.
And then, as predictions became less dire,

you discovered a new fear:
that life would return to normal.

© J.I. Kleinberg

District Lit

Two of my poems, “Distracted by the stars” and “Self portrait,” have just been published in District Lit. Founded and edited by Diana Smith Bolton, District Lit publishes “writing that smashes down the borders in which we district our lives.” I am grateful to have my work selected.

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