Thursday, May 21, 2015

ATTENTION -- New location for 4th Friday Readings



MAJOR NEWS:  Fourth Friday Readings are moving to The Lodge at Sherwood Village, 660 Evergreen Farm Way (off 5th Avenue just before Old Olympic Highway) beginning May 22, 2015. If you head north on 5th Avenue, you will turn left on Evergreen Farm Way just before Old Olympic Highway and will see The Lodge on your right, a 2-story building that looks like a lodge.  


There is plenty of parking. When you enter the building, there is a bistro on your left where you can get coffee and snacks. There will be signs to direct you to the Media Room upstairs. If you don't want to take the stairs, there is the convenience of an elevator.  The Media Room will accommodate more space, so hopefully we won't have to turn anyone away like what happened last month.  

We are grateful to Don at Rainshadow Coffee for hosting us for over two years.  He wants to be free of hosting an evening event for a while, so that's what precipitated our move. And, we are grateful to The Lodge for offering us convenient space that still affords us comfort and coffee for our evening readings.

See you on May 22.  Please arrive early (6:00 pm) so we are ready to start on time at 6:30.  Thanks to all for your ongoing interest, support and sharing of your talent. Invite a friend!








Tuesday, May 19, 2015

UPDATE — Acclaimed poet's dog rescued after plunging 300 feet down cliff east of Port Angeles -- Port Angeles Port Townsend Sequim Forks Jefferson County Clallam County Olympic Peninsula Daily NEWS

UPDATE — Acclaimed poet's dog rescued after plunging 300 feet down cliff east of Port Angeles -- Port Angeles Port Townsend Sequim Forks Jefferson County Clallam County Olympic Peninsula Daily NEWS

Fwd: Peninsula College Foothills Reception and Open Mic Reading....


Peninsula College Foothills event features visiting poet, filmmaker, activist Sonia Rosario. She will be reading in the Longhouse on Wednesday, May 20th from 12:35-1:25 pm.  There will also be an open mic reading on Thursday, 1:30 - 3 pm in the Longhouse. 
 
Here is her schedule this week:
  • Wednesday, 5/20: Poetry reading from 12:35 - 1:25 in the Longhouse 
  • Wednesday, 5/20: Film screening of Idaho's Forgotten War at 7 p.m. in Maier Performance Hall 
  • Thursday, 5/21: Studium General Lecture from 12:35 - 1:25 in the Little Theater 
  • Thursday, 5/21: Reception and open mic reading from 1:30 - 3 p.m. in the Longhouse 
  • Friday, 5/22: Class visit and screening of Idaho's Forgotten War from 10:20 - 12:30 in the Longhouse 
  • Friday, 5/22: Film screening of Idaho's Forgotten War at 7 p.m. at Forks PC Campus. 


Janet M Lucas
Professor, English and Rhetoric
Peninsula College
Port Angeles, WA
(360) 417-6221

 






Monday, April 27, 2015

New piece submitted to Canadian Anti-War Poetry site

Fly in A Glass Bowl

The fly  arrived in the lunch box
carried by the navigator.
It pulsed and buzzed
probing  for a way out
of the Plexiglas bowl.

The spider tracked the Colonel
as he adjusted the bomb sight.
Squinting through cross-hairs made of spider's webbing,
weighing the moment the bomb
was to be released
in order to place the  bomb inside a 100-foot circle
from four miles in the sky.

Crouched in the Plexiglas nose of the plane
breathing pure oxygen,
the Colonel wore silk gloves
to keep his skin from freezing
to the metal on the sight.
The fly buzzed around The Colonel’s head
as he released the bomb.

A cousin to the spider that spun the web
used in the cross hair in the bomb sight,
the spider focused on the fly
encouraging it to land
close enough to be trapped and devoured.

Making its sinister move  just as the bomb burst above the Japanese city,
the spider was blinded by the flash of the intense light
not seeing the gloved hand
of The Colonel
as it came down on its body,

still clutching the fly in its dark legs.

-tp, 4-27

Finding the Right Words: Revising to Make Your Writing Precise

Finding the Right Words: Revising to Make Your Writing Precise

Friday, April 24, 2015

Haiku

    

April 24 -- Fourth Friday Readings


Mark the date!  Arrive at 6:00 p.m. to get a good seat for an evening of Peninsula writers sharing their prose and poetry.

Featured writer from Port Townsend is Peter Quinn, followed by 5-minute Open Mic Readings. Bring a friend and enjoy a lively evening of fiction, memoir and poetry readings.






Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English - StumbleUpon

Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English - StumbleUpon

New Poem: "Untitled" April, 2015

I know you can really stink up a poem
by making it too long,
or dirty,
or you administer a little jesus,
too many metaphors
or descriptions of  your yard party
where millionaires
shoot songbirds in the garden.

You can stink up a poem good
if you talk about how
you wrote it,
where you were, how many drugs you had
in your system, 
or how dirty your fingernails
or your sheets were.

A poem has to jell.  It has to steep
before you let it out into the world.  
If it’s too cold
to go out by itself,
Let it stew
and simmer
before you take up the mic or send it off
to some rag
run by a clique
of English students
or a trio of retired teachers putting it together
on card tables in the den
or the room over the garage.

The last time I read this poem
I watched it slink off the podium,
skitter round the counter
and slip out the door to the parking lot
head down
and eyes on the ground.

I saw it perched on a low bush
as I walked home. Its eyes burning
with shame, looking away as I hurried by.
                               -tp

~

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Poetry Walks sponsored by NOLS and Olympic National Park


POETRY WALKS:    http://www.nols.org/events/poetry-walks.html

POETRY WORKSHOP at Port Angeles Library:

Afternoon With An Author: Poetry Workshop with Jeanine Walker

Tuesday, April 14, 3:30pm. Free

Discover the joy of poetry with Seattle's Jeanine Walker! Participants will be treated to a reading of Walker's poems, use one or two as models for writing a first draft of their own, and have the opportunity to share their work and receive feedback. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the workshop.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Register here.
For more information, contact Jennifer Lu'Becke at 360.417.8500 or jlubecke@nols.org.

About Jeanine Walker

A writer whose poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including the Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, Narrative, PageBoy, and Web Conjunctions, Jeanine Walker is currently the director of Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools program, and holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. In addition to writing, Jeanine sings and plays trumpet for Seattle country band The Drop Shadows, is the host of Mixed Bag, a live webcast variety show filmed in a Seattle garage, and is the emcee of the award-winning reading series Cheap Wine & Poetry at the Richard Hugo House.  






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