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 …
January 5 Jason Witmarsh, Writers on Writing Lecture Series “Occupy that critical part of your brain–the thing that says, ‘this is useless’–and give that part of your brain a crossword puzzle, while the other part writes.” (J.W. on: writing in form) January 6 Rebecca Albiani on Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, The Frye “William Blake couldn’t stand falsity in anyone . . . and so he was a difficult companion.” March 11 Barbara Courtney, Tiny House Reading Series, hosted by Emily Johnson “You will have to learn . . . how to dispense with teachers, even me.” April 14 Troy Jollimore, Seattle Arts & Lectures “Any really good poet has to be philosophical . . . if you pursue any field long enough you eventually end up doing philosophy.” April 16 Andrew Feld, Open Books “I don’t think there are that many people these days writing narrative-poems-in-heroic-couplets-that-are-visionary-quests. So, I sort of enjoy doing that.” April 22 Gregory Laynor, Tiny House Reading Series “I think I’m more of a worry doll than a poet . …
If you stay, you will always make that face. If you stay, a dog will bark and a chandelier will break. A child will bite another child, right on the nose. A lesson learned will be a lesson worn, thread barren. What is a good friend but apology? As in: I need my old habits. As in: I am sorry for the beetles littering the ceiling, for keeping miserable company. Truth is, I am nothing but a close stranger, well begun, half done. Having taken the bull by the sinking ship. We both know when it rains, a snail opens its eye. To see water seeking its own level. To say there is no word for standing in a windy field, looking at the back of the one you love. Out of sight, out of sigh: an open window. I once threw a stone into a glass house and nothing happened. I threw it again. If only to hope for you, if only to waste not to want all too much. — Congratulations to Jane …