Kathryn Hunt and I Read at Village Books Saturday, January 11, 7:00 p.m., and You’re Invited!

Please join Kathryn Hunt and me for a poetry reading. We’ll be presenting our poems together at Village Books in Fairhaven (1200 11th St., Bellingham, WA) at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 11.

Our reading will be preceded at 4:00 by by a reading with two amazing Floating Bridge Press poets, Ann Gerike and Hannah Faith Notess. Between their reading and ours, there’ll be an hour and a half for conversation, book browsing, and dinner at one of the adjacent cafes. Come for a double-header of poetry double-headers!

Kathryn’s gorgeous collection, Long Way Through Ruin, has been sustaining me through a hectic holiday season. The lyrical meditations and lucid images in her poems are reviving me with a sense of peace. Each poem is akin to a palette of jewel-toned watercolors, bringing beauty and clarity as I read.

Here’s a video of Kathryn reading her luminous poem “Credo”:

CREDO

By Kathryn Hunt

I believe in the shining coins of rain
falling and falling on the garden, the fierce
good luck of that, the garden with its
sated roots, that scent. I believe in the hives
of rooms beneath the soil, insects toiling
in the dark among bones and the dust
of bones. The silvering clouds with their luster
of honey and despair, the young deer
watchful in tall grasses.

I believe in my mother who kept
two sons from war and the Purple Heart
she left in her drawer with her costume
jewelry. I believe in the hallelujah of time passing,
the strangeness of that. The way you
climb out of a dream and walk slowly
back to yourself, something beautiful there.
It moves among us like the wind moves
but is not the wind. It lives in our blood
like fear or love. I believe in the door
left open as the rain begins to fall,
and in the way, no matter what,
we’ll ever know.

* * *

I hope to see you there!

Cheers and Happy New Year,
Jennifer

A Poem Published in CIRQUE

On the Winter Solstice, Issue 5.1 of the Alaska journal Cirque went live. Available both online and in print, Cirque features writers and artists living in the North Pacific Rim region. I have a poem, titled “At Mt. Baker, October,” published in this volume (p. 49). My thanks to editors Mike Burwell and Sandra Kleven for selecting my poem, and for showcasing all the work in the journal so beautifully.

Cirque is a gorgeously produced literary magazine; I’ve enjoyed reading every issue I’ve previously gotten my hands on. Print editions of every issue are available to order from the journal’s website.

Merry Everything to you!
Jennifer

Tomorrow!

Anchor Art Space

Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, WA

Please join us for Ish River Poets’ Circle: Sunday, December 15, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Ave., in Anacortes, WA.  I will be joining Jane Alynn and Caleb Barber in a poetry reading. Brad Killion and Jeff Winston will be putting music to some Robert Sund poems, and Jim Hart will share more of Robert Sund’s poems and discuss his time with Sund in San Francisco.I hope to see you there for a wonderful afternoon of art, poems, music, and conversation! Tea and cookies, too.

Update on Ish River Poets’ Circle, Sunday, December 15

Anchor Art Space

Anchor Art Space in Anacortes

More information about the Ish River Poets’ Circle: in addition to Jane Alynn and me, readers will include Bellingham poet Caleb Barber, author of the collection Beasts and Violins from Red Hen Press. As an added bonus, Brad Killion and Jeff Winston will be putting music to some Robert Sund poems during the intermission.

The reading will be Sunday, December 15, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Ave., in Anacortes, WA. Please join us if you can! I’d love to see you there.

Ish River Poets Circle on December 15, 3:00 p.m.

Two Sundays from now, I’ll have the pleasure of joining the Ish River Poets Circle at Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, Washington to do a reading with Anacortes poet Jane Alynn.

“Ish River” refers to the title of beloved Skagit County poet Robert Sund’s collection Poems from Ish River Country–the “Ish” meaning “river” in the Coast Salish dialect spoken by local tribes. (Sund’s poems pointed to many rivers along the Puget Sound ending with this watery syllable: Samish, Snohomish, Skykomish, Stillaguamish.) The Ish River Poets Circle–a reading series initiated by Robert Sund while he was still alive–presents poets whose work, together, creates a poetic conversation.

I’m excited to participate in this reading format with Jane Alynn, author of The Necessity of Flight (Cherry Grove, 2011). See more about her collection here, as well as three of her exquisite bird poems here.

The reading will be at 3:00 in the afternoon at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial St., in Anacortes, WA. If you’re in the area, please come!

Upcoming Poetry Readings

In the next couple of months, I get to do three readings with Western-Washington poets. Next spring, I’ll get to do two more, and possibly four. These add up to almost higher than I can count, so I’ve added an “Upcoming Events” page to my blog so that I can keep track of dates during those long intervals during which my little pocket calendar gets lost in the stacks of drafts and manuscripts drifting around on my desks.

Here’s a preview of the three readings coming up soon:

Sunday, December 15: Ish River Poet’s Circle with Jane Alynn (and another poet TBA), Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA

Saturday, January 11: Reading with Kathryn Hunt, author of Long Way Through Ruin, at Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA

Thursday, January 16: SoulFood Poetry Night with Bethany Reid, author of Sparrow, at Soul Food Coffee House, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA

Shortly, I’ll be posting more details about each of the poets I’ll  reading with. I’m excited to tell you about them!

Cheers,
Jennifer

Words and Images Artfully Paired by Caitlin Thomson

Caitlin Thomson's WORD & IMAGE Tumblr, June 20, 2013

Caitlin Thomson’s WORD & IMAGE Tumblr, June 20, 2013

Caitlin Thomson, whom you may remember from last winter’s Blog Hop project, is doing many lovely things. Among them, she’s curating a  Tumblr site called Poem & Image that pairs short passages from poems with eye-catching images. She explains her approach, and her goal of helping to make poetry more accessible to non-poetry readers, in her new blog post titled “Poetry, Popularity, and Image.” 

Last week, Caitlin did me the honor of choosing a passage from my poem “Ten Great Gifts for the Woman Who Has Nothing” to present with a luminous seascape image. Thank you, Caitlin, for your thoughtful work with my, and everyone else’s, words.