December 2018

Bob and I have some readings coming up, which you can find on our new event page. The first one is the It’s About Time Reading Series on Thursday, Jan. 10, 6-7:45 p.m. at the Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library. Bob and I will read poetry alongside a craft talk by Fiore Sarrocco (a poet we both admire) on “Searching for humanity in the potential of poetry.” The reading also includes an open mic. Details on Facebook.

About the open mic we’ve been hosting in Bremerton: I’m taking advantage of the unavoidable disruption brought on by our venue changing hours to take the winter off. ‘Tis the season of increased depression and sensory overload.

I’m still working on the same ol’ poetry book and novel I’ve mentioned before. Recently I’ve been reading Paul Celan, and being influenced by his (and translator John Felstiner’s) use of repetition, alliteration and other elements of form with serious matter (the Holocaust (surviving it and the ones who didn’t) is background to much (all?) of his work).

Another recent read I wanted to mention is Erika Brumett’s bonehouse. I love how the language and content in her poetry are complex and intricate and at the same time direct and clear. Usually when I’m reading to myself, even with poets I’ve heard perform often, I hear the poems in my own voice, but reading “bonehouse,” I heard everything in Brumett’s quiet, compelling voice.