Poetry for All: Prompt 4

The “Poetry for All” series continues with a marvelous poem by William Stafford: “Starting With Little Things.”

Prompt 4:

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Poem credits:

William Stafford, “Starting With Little Things” from Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems. Copyright © 1987 by William Stafford. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc. on behalf of Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, http://www.graywolfpress.org.

My thanks to the featured poets for permission to use their poems, and to Sheila Farr and John Helde for essential technical help.

Poetry for All: Prompt 3

Here’s the third in my “Poetry for All” series of video poetry prompts. This one features “Desire, Like a Hungry Lion” by Dorothy Trogdon from her collection Tall Woman Looking (Blue Begonia Press).

Prompt 3: Desire

Desire, Like a Hungry Lion

                                                                  For RB

A hungry lion is loose in the streets of May.

How difficult it is for you to know what you require
at any passage of your life
               yet something sees and knows and waits

until you open your door and go forward to meet it,
to offer what has been taking shape within you.

Hold out the tempting crumbs in the palm of your hand
and quietly wait until you feel the touch of the velvet muzzle.

Look well at the fur and claw of wildness, your brother.
The stars need darkness or you would not know them.

—Dorothy Trogdon

You can hear Dorothy Trogdon reading her poem at KUOW.org.

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Feel free to share this, and I hope you’ll leave me a comment to tell me know how it goes.

Poem credits:

Dorothy Trogdon, “Desire, Like a Hungry Lion” from Tall Woman Looking. Copyright © 2012 by Dorothy Trogdon. Used with the permission of the author and Blue Begonia Press.

My thanks to the featured poets for permission to use their poems, and to Sheila Farr and John Helde for essential technical help.

Library Love: Toledo, Washington

Kim-An Lieberman and IN ORBIT

Cover of In Orbit

People in the know (and by this I mean small-press publishers,  independent bookstore owners and devoted readers) say that poetry finds its audience one reader (or, I would add, listener) at a time. With new books, it’s mostly up to the poet to take her book from place to place, giving public readings.

One of the great pleasures of my role at KUOW 94.9 — and now as Washington’s poet laureate — is to help connect other poets’  poems to reader/listeners.

Once a month on KUOW, I present the work of a Pacific Northwest poet. This month I featured two poems by the late Kim-An Lieberman, who passed away in December 2013, a few weeks before her tremendous second collection, IN ORBIT, was published by Blue Begonia Press.

You can listen online. I hope you will. These poems resonate with each re-reading, each re-hearing.

Jack Straw will host a reading of Kim-An’s poems in Seattle on May 4, at 2p. I’ll post more information about that as it becomes available.