Help support the Fall Fundraiser

On November 13th we’re hosting our first annual Fall Fundraiser and Haiku Hootenanny in Seattle. If you’re unable to attend but want to contribute to Poetry Northwest’s continued success, please pledge your support below. Donations of $75 or more will receive a year’s subscription, and be entered for a chance to win a Series Pass to the remainder of Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series. We thank you for your generosity and support!

Tomas Tranströmer: “Haikudikter”

Congratulations to Tomas Tranströmer, long-awaited and much-deserved winner of The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2011. In honor of the occasion, we’d like to make available a recent piece by the Swedish poet, originally published in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of Poetry Northwest (the “political” issue). —   Haikudikter 1. The power-lines stretch through the kingdom of frost north of all music. * The white sun trains alone, running toward the blue mountain of death. * We must live with the small script of the grass and the laughter from cellars. * The sun is low now. Our enormous shadows. Soon, everything will be overtaken. 2. Orchids. Oil tankers glide past. The moon is full. 3. Medieval stronghold, alien city, cold sphinx, empty arenas. * The leaves whispered: a wild boar at the organ. And the bells rang out. * And the night pours from east to west at the speed of the moon. 4. The presence of God. In the tunnel of birdsong a locked gate opens. * Oak trees and the moon. Light and silent …

Carolyn Kizer: “Jill’s Toes”

As summer burns to its dry end here in Seattle, we bring to a close our series of tributes to founding editor Carolyn Kizer with a look at a recently discovered poem. Featured in a recent article at the The Seattle Times, read “Jill’s Toes” (also in Poetry Northwest Spring/Summer 2011 v5.n2). Here’s hoping that with our contributors you’ve enjoyed revisiting the work of this essential writer. For a list of links to those contributors’ letters, essays and poems, visit here.  

Fall & Winter 2011–2012

CODY WALKER has a mind of winter KATHLEEN FLENNIKEN cleans up at Hanford NEW POEMS: Sherman Alexie, Debora Greger, James Hoch, Richard Kenney, Amelia Rosselli and many more EMILY WARN remembers Denise Levertov SUBSCRIBE!   See full story below: our PUSHCART NOMINEES FOR 2011