WA 129 Release Party

The reading/book release party for WA129, the Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall’s state-wide poetry anthology, is happening Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm in Olympia. The book includes a poet for each year of Washington statehood. There will be live...

After the Japanese 29-32

Today, the next segment of the 100 poems written using each poem in the classic Japanese poetry anthology (Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首)) as a prompt. These were also written at a short retreat at the Marblemount cabin of Gerry Cook and Hannah Sullivan about one year...

Slaughter Birds

I am a big city guy. Keep in mind there are almost as many people in my home town (metro area) of Chicago 9.52M as there are in the STATES of Washington and Oregon. So one gets used to culture, having pro sports teams for which to develop life-long affinities and an...

97. Clues From Hell

Part of my journal practice is to read the journal entry from the same day of the previous year. A year ago I was ending my residency at The Lake, the last home of Morris Graves. The Morris Graves Foundation was kind enough to believe my recommendation letters and it...

Morris Graves Selected Letters

One of my goals during my recent residency at The Lake, awarded by the Morris Graves Foundation, was to get to know Graves better and have a deeper appreciation for his work. Mission accomplished, in large part, because I was able to read Morris Graves: Selected...