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Summer & Fall 2015: Poetry, Documentary & Film — now available

August 11, 2015 – 10:56 am |

Dear Readers: We are pleased to report that our newest issue, the summer-fall blockbuster extravaganza, is finally on its way to a mailbox bookstore newsstand multiplex near you. This issue investigates the links between Poetry, …

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Brandon Krieg: The Preserve of Poetry

November 25, 2015 – 8:00 am |


The Phosphorescence of Thought
Peter O’Leary
The Cultural Society, 2013







Companion Grasses
Brian Teare
Omnidawn, 2013







In a 2012 group interview “Imagining Ecopoetics,” Brenda Hillman draws an apt metaphor between endangered species and endangered forms of thought:

One of the things ecopoetics tries to do is reconfigure the poem so as to include some of the endangered thought species. Poets keep track of radical and intimate encounters with the nonhuman. These encounters … include the permission to record the unacceptable or dysfunctional perception, the excess of feeling, or the integration of mythic states with other states.

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Corey Van Landingham: “Epithalamium”

November 23, 2015 – 8:00 am |

“The poet’s role,” Robert Duncan wrote, condescendingly, to Denise Levertov, “is not to oppose evil, but to imagine it.” I’m still trying to wrap my head around this statement. It seems Duncan’s stance was against …

Emily Kendal Frey: “The Way Family Works”

November 16, 2015 – 8:00 am |

The Way Family Works
On the stage
The dream stage
Light of hope streaming in
You’re screaming
Your mom in one doorway
Your dad in the other
The doors hanging open
Where is tomorrow
Where are the families
With technology
Where is the car
The package of …

Andrew Douglas Johnson: “Return Service Requested”

November 12, 2015 – 8:00 am |

Not Nothing: Selected Writings, 1954-1994
Ray Johnson
Siglio Press, 2014
People don’t write letters anymore. People don’t even write emails. Ray Johnson wrote letters, an effusion of them, too many to collect. Siglio Press has made two Ray …

Rachel Rose: Two Poems

November 9, 2015 – 8:00 am |

Ars Poetica
It is hard won, it is fragile, it does not bring joy.
It holds water, it holds air, it is its own reward.
It is light as cobweb, it is tough as cobweb, it is barely …

No Things But in Ideas: Mei Mei Berssenbrugge’s Hello, the Roses

November 5, 2015 – 8:00 am |

By Jay Thompson | Contributing Editor
I’m looking for new ways to make sense. Here’s Mei Mei Berssenbrugge:
A mobile relation to perception precedes affect.
Through it I experience from material a screen of surroundings I slice through, like …

Afterwords // Mary Szybist and Robert Wrigley for Seattle Arts & Lectures

October 10, 2015 – 8:00 am |

By Jack Chelgren | Associate Editor
Time and again, Seattle Arts & Lectures has proven itself to be among the best curators of poetry in a city replete with outstanding literary organizations. The opening of the 2015-16 …

Robert Wrigley: Two Poems

September 28, 2015 – 8:00 am |

It may be that the only thing these two poems have in common is that they were written by the same poet, and that they were published in Poetry Northwest, one a quarter century or …

In Discussion // “The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa”

September 24, 2015 – 11:00 am |

On September 13th, the APRIL book club gathered at Little Oddfellows in the Elliott Bay Book Company to discuss The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium, 2015). The book gathers poems published during Sagawa’s lifetime (1911-1935), presented in a chronological fashion, …

Interview // Kai Carlson-Wee

September 8, 2015 – 8:00 am |

by Aaron Barrell | Senior Editor
Kai Carlson-Wee has roller-bladed professionally, surfed north of the Arctic Circle. and traveled across the country by freight train. His work has appeared in Narrative, Best New Poets, TriQuarterly, 32 …

Rochelle Hurt: “Bright star of disaster”

September 3, 2015 – 8:00 am |

Lo Kwa Mei-en
Alice James Books, 2015
Lo Kwa Mei-en’s debut collection of poems reads like a manual for self-destruction. There are a variety of personal and global apocalypses in Yearling, and most of them are rooted …