Poetry Wars Revived

Most of the LANGPO vs. Black Mountain poetry war was fought before I was invested in poetry, so I have done my best to catch up, but a recrudescence has emerged thanks to Dispatches, a website dedicated to poetry and connected to people who made the Resist Much/Obey...

Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation

oIs it Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Appreciation? Can you tell the difference? Is close reading dead? The issue of cultural appropriation has flared up in the last ten days or so thanks to The Writer’s Union of Canada and syndicated conservative columnist...
Neukom Vivarium Variations

Neukom Vivarium Variations

It is part public art sculpture, part environmental education project. Unlike any other art project one can imagine, the Neukom Vivarium in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is a nurse log decomposing in a very public setting. Your humble narrator visited the Neukom...

Evan Flory-Barnes Interview

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, I sat down with bassist, composer and Seattle native  Evan Flory-Barnes in my apartment in the Angeline to discuss his work, his vision for Seattle’s arts community and his upcoming concert at the Neptune Theater on May 18. I think...