SoulFood Coffee House is at 15748 Redmond Way (click here for directions). Please join us there for an evening of poetry! Bring a poem of your own, too, for the open mic, which begins at 8:00.
Also at Village Books, at 4:00 p.m., Ann Gerike and Hannah Faith Notess will be reading from their new poetry chapbooks published by Floating Bridge Press. There’ll be time between their reading and ours for conversation, book browsing, and dinner in Fairhaven. Why not make an evening of it?
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
I’m thankful for an abundance of opportunities to share poetry in the New Year. Next week, I get to participate in the SoulFood Poetry Night at Soul Food Coffee House in Redmond, Washington. I’ll be reading with Bethany Reid, whom I also had the privilege of interviewing for the Blog Hop last February. She’s author of the poetry collection Sparrow, which won the Gell Prize in 2012.
The poems in Sparrow are gorgeous. Bethany writes about growing up on her family’s cattle farm, about her daughters and horses (I especially love her poems about horses)–and in language that’s precise, original, and felt by the body. I got to hear her read some of the poems in Bellingham last October, and her voice lends these poems an even-more pleasurable presence.
SoulFood Coffee House is located at 15748 Redmond Way; click here for map and directions. Our reading will start at 7:00, followed by an open mic at 8:00. Please join us if you can!
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”:
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,
- 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.
I’m thrilled to get to do a reading with her at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. If you can get yourself to the upper-left corner of the Lower 48, please come and say hello!
This beautiful video features Kathryn reading her poem “Credo,” as well as a mini-interview with Kathryn about her writing:
Have you ever heard a more gorgeous line than “The silvering clouds with their luster / of honey and despair”?
You can read “Credo,” plus three other of Kathryn’s poems from her collection, here.
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.