Washington State Poet Laureate

Sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission


3 Comments

Lines from Mark Strand

I’ve just learned that poet Mark Strand passed away. Here’s one of his remarkable poems, which seems perfect for the day, the season, the political climate:

Lines for Winter

BY MARK STRAND

for Ros Krauss

Tell yourself
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
walking, hearing
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself—
inside the dome of dark
or under the cracking white
of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
Tonight as it gets cold
tell yourself
what you know which is nothing
but the tune your bones play
as you keep going. And you will be able
for once to lie down under the small fire
of winter stars.
And if it happens that you cannot
go on or turn back
and you find yourself
where you will be at the end,
tell yourself
in that final flowing of cold through your limbs
that you love what you are.


Leave a comment

Veteran and Poet: Interviews from the KUOW archive

This Veteran’s Day, I’m thinking about how much my <limited, civilian> understanding of war has been expanded/complicated by poets who are also veterans. I’ve had the good fortune over the years at KUOW to interview or feature several extraordinary poets who are also veterans. Here are links to a few:

Yusef Komunyakaa, on his collection Warhorses

Brian Turner, reading from Here, Bullet

Christopher Howell, reading “Home Is the Sailor

 

 


Leave a comment

Poetry on the road: Day 11, Wenatchee Valley College and Chelan Library

You know how you're never supposed to deface library books? Well, that's still true, but the lovely folks at the Lake Chelan library gave  Stehekin poet David Kurth and I these  very cool art books made by a local artist named

You know how you’re never supposed to deface library books? Well, that’s still true, but the lovely folks at the Lake Chelan library gave Stehekin poet David Kurth and me these very cool art books made by Chelan artist Mary Sherer. (Side note: I don’t know what’s going on with this picture, but do not be fooled by the bizarrely pumped appearance of my left bicep. I am not lifting while on the road, or, er, while at home. iPhone, what filter is that?)

Wonderful audience at Wenatchee Valley College! Thank you, Derek Sheffield for inviting me.

Wonderful audience at Wenatchee Valley College! Thank you, Derek Sheffield, for inviting me. (And thank you, readers, for your patience with my less-than-expert photographic skills…)


Leave a comment

Poetry on the road: Day 10, Poets’ Round Robin at the Leavenworth Library

 

Thanks to Thomas Davies for this photo from our reading.

At the Leavenworth Library with Cynthia Neely and Derek Sheffiled. Thanks to Thomas Davies for this photo from our reading.

Turns out Cynthia Neely, Derek Sheffield and I all have numerous birds in our poems. On Day 10 of my road trip, we read together at the Leavenworth Library, alternating poems (this is known as “round robin”) and finding threads of connection. Fun for us, and apparently for our generous and engaged audience, too.  Cynthia’s new book is called Flight Path and she also did the beautiful cover art. Derek’s book is Through the Second Skin, and it was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

neely_coverSheffield

 

 


Leave a comment

Poetry on the road, day 8: Poetry for All and Washington Poets in Conversation

Huge thanks to Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane for hosting two events on Day 8 of my poetry road trip: a free writing workshop in the afternoon (“Poetry for All”) and a reading and interview with Christopher Howell (“Washington Poets in Conversation”).

You can hear Christopher Howell reading “Home Is the Sailor,” “Dancers”  and “Report from the Empty Room” on KUOW.

 

Great turnout for the writing workshop at Auntie's! Participants ranged in age from 9 to  late 60's. Oh - and the two youngest writers do a poetry radio show in Spokane.

Great turnout for the writing workshop at Auntie’s! Participants ranged in age from 9 to <I’m guessing here> late 60’s. Oh – and the two youngest writers do a poetry radio show in Spokane. <wow!>

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,440 other followers