Featuring winners & finalists of the James Welch Prize; poems by Marilyn Hacker, Antonio López & Phillip B. Williams; essays by Lois Welch & Cedar Sigo & much more
“Barot widens the circumference of lived experience in all its bittersweet rings.” —an essay by Jane Wong on the poems of Rick Barot
Jane Wong on Nicholas Gulig’s Orient
by Jacob Uitti | Contributing Writer
by Dandi Meng | Contributing Writer
Out of sight, out of sigh: an open / window.
I have forgotten where I placed my glasses. / I remember watching a boy roast and eat crickets.
By Jack Chelgren | Associate Editor
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.
By Rich Smith Poetry Northwest Contributing Writer The talk was held in a conference room on the second floor of the Communications Building on the UW Campus. Weird room! (Good light, though. Lots of lamps.) Weird time! 6:00PM on a Friday, a fact that was not lost on Mr. Burt. However, he drew a good crowd—maybe 30 people, nearly all with notebooks on their laps. Burt speaks clearly, loudly, and with authority. He was a casual dresser, though, in a striped long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, clear-framed glasses, Chuck Taylor’s with colorful laces, and sporting silver nail polish on modestly trimmed nails. I thought the fingernail polish was a nod to the theme of the talk, and I was admiring his commitment to the bit, but when I asked him about the polish later on in the evening he said he just liked to wear it. In short, I was ashamed. Especially three days later, after reading his beautiful essay about the newly released anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Anyway, the …