September’s Corridor

Holy Smokes! Thank you Village Books, one of Whatcom County’s best independent bookstores, for advertising Corridor in your e-weekly reader last week! Two new poets donated poems this month.

Attention Poets! Corridor is accepting monthly submissions. The deadline is the 5th of each month. Corridor is a limited edition zine that can only be found in local shops around town. Found art connects with strangers in intimate ways.

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Feeling the urge to contribute a poem? Contact me via this website or email poems directly to shannon.chickadee@gmail.com. Ten poems are in each volume. This is a limited edition FREE zine, found in random local stores around Whatcom County.

This month’s contributors are pretty dang impressive.

Vol. 6 Contributors
All poems and art used with permission

COMMUNITY POLICING
TYPHOON

Denise duMaurier

YOU SEE A TREE SPRING INTO FOREST
Lynn Geri

HUMAN — NATURE
MORNING

Linda Conroy

CORRIDOR
IMPOSING

Medium: found-word collage, Info: Instagram @jikleinberg
J.I. Kleinberg

THE MOVING OUT
is the title poem of my seventh poetry collection
published by Salmon Poetry.
John Morgan

SEPTEMBER BELLINGHAM
LEAF TATTOO

Shannon Laws

_____________________

BIOS BIOS BIOS

Lynn Geri is a poet whose words grasp at air, in her wayfaring rise from salty earth. She prefers to grapple ethereal fir in her published works; several journals, anthologies, and books: Mother, Ankhs and Roses, I Submit.

Linda Conroy likes to write about the complexity of the behaviors that make us human, and influence our connection with the natural world, especially in these times of change. She is the author of Ordinary Signs, a poetry collection. Her second collection, Familiar Sky, will be out shortly. She lives in Bellingham.

An artist, poet, and freelance writer, J.I. Kleinberg lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA, and on Instagram @jikleinberg. Her visual poems have been published in print and online journals worldwide.

John Morgan has published seven books of poetry and a collection of essays. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and many other magazines. He divides his time between Fairbanks, Alaska and Bellingham. For more information visit www.johnmorganpoet.com

Kathleen A. McKeever Poet, artist, creator of the Urban Cauldron Tarot Deck. Kathleen’s volumes of poetry Cloudlight, published in 2018 and Body/Today published in 2020 are available by contacting her via urbancauldron@yahoo.com

Shannon Laws, Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat
shannonplawswriter.com

Corridor Vol 5

This month one of our regular artists and poets, Kathleen McKeever, asked to run the circuit, dropping the zines off at her favorite places around town. It is fun to sneak a few onto the newspaper rack at cafes and coffee shops, I don’t blame her. August, Volume 5 will be in & around town this weekend. Keep your eyes out for copies!

Vol. 5 Contributors
All poems and art used with permission

LONGINGS
Ashok Bhargava, Vancouver, Canada

[Love is not a lie]
Poem first appeared in Empty House Press, Issue 8
SOMETIMES THE TRUTH: REPRISE
Poem first appeared in Empty House Press, Issue 6
Jory Mickelson, Washington

LUCK OF THE STARS 
EYE WASH

Lynn Geri, Washington

WADE AND SWIM
MRS. NOAH

Both poems from “Body/Today”, Published 2020
Kathleen McKeever, Washington

RIVER INK
MORNING WALK

Shannon Laws, Shannon Laws

BIOs for August

Ashok K. Bhargava: Art award winning multilingual poet; The founder and president of the Writers International Network Canada (WIN Canada); Community activist; public speaker; Former president of Literary Society of BC;
Author of six poetry books and many poetry anthologies.

Jory Mickelson is a trans writer who lives along the I-5 Corridor in Washington state.

Lynn Geri is a poet whose words grasp at air, in her wayfaring rise from salty earth. She prefers to grapple ethereal fir in her published works; several journals, anthologies, and books: Mother, Ankhs and Roses, I Submit. Scroll books: Awe 
and Wonder, Lilies, Romp in the Clover, Searching for Light and Deep Water…where truths ride on watery wind.

Kathleen A. McKeever lives in Sunnyland among a community of young families collaborating  to create the world we desire for future generations. One of her greatest joys has been watching the babies learn to walk and the young people graduate from high school.
Poet, artist, creator of the Urban Cauldron Tarot Deck. Kathleen’s volumes of poetry “Cloudlight“, published in 2018 and “Body/Today“ published in 2020 are available by
Contacting her via urbancauldron@yahoo.com

Shannon Laws produced a poetry discussion podcast during the pandemic, “Poetry Club Talks…”, available wherever you get your podcasts. She writes frequently on the working class, homelessness, the human condition, and romantic relationships. She makes her home in
Bellingham, Washington.

Corridor Vol 4 will knock you out!

Vol. 4 Contributors
All poems and art used with permission

CORRESPONDENCE
first appeared in San Pedro River Review, Fall 2021
PICTURING
[God made me a polished stone]
first appeared in Josephine Quarterly, Spring 2022
Jory Mickelson, Washington

NO, NOT
FREEDOM IN FREE FALL
C. J. Prince, Washington

JUSTICE’S ARCHITECTURE   
Lynn Geri, Washington

SHUTTER
Maria McLeod
, “Shutter” “Skin. Hair. Bones.,”
Finishing Line Press, 2022, page 24.

OMM 1/2
CHEAP REQUESTS
STOUT
Shannon Laws, Washington

Look for copies hiding around the Bellingham core at coffee shops, and book stores.

June’s “Corridor” is OUT

You can find it in local shops around Bellingham starting this week.
Volume 3 featured poems

FIGHTER PILOTS OF THE APOCALYPSE
TRICK RIDER

Denise du Maurier, Washington/Minnesota, U.S.

AT THE DROP OF
C.J. Prince, Washington, U.S.

THE VIEW
GANDER
YES AND

Duncan Shields, British Columbia, Canada

THE MAESTRO VISITS FUKUSHIMA
threat
“Body/Today”, Published 2020
Kathleen McKeever, Washington, U.S.

FOUR MINUS THREE
THE BACK OF MY HAND
“You Love Me, You Love Me Not”, Published 2019
Soundtrack available on Bandcamp & Amazon
Shannon Laws, Washington, U.S.

Corridor Zine Seeks Poems

After two months and two editions, the zine “Corridor” is off and running! Have you found a copy yet? Here is a peek at the covers. Please send in your original poem and/or art by June 15 to be in the next volume. Read up on the details in the post below or click this LINK.

“Corridor” Zine Needs You!

Do you live along the I-5 corridor? Do you write poetry? Do you like to help people? Answer yes to any of those questions and we got lift-off!

I have a simple vision. A 12-page, 5×7, staple bound, free zine sitting there, waiting to be discovered. It is casual, it is no drama, it is free and it says “I love you, you got this.” You have coffee together and it follows you home. You become best friends. Then, a month later, another zine, a new zine appears… How will you break the news to last month’s friend that you found a new friend? Hey, it’s OK. Corridor the zine says, “We can all be friends. Love us all.” See. It’s easy. No drama. Just a little monthly collection of 10 poems to help us during this transition out of isolation. Easy.

THE DETAILS

What: a limited edition coffee house monthly zine called “Corridor”. It gets its name from the I-5 corridor that mimics how thoughts travel through highways of the mind.

Each edition will include 10 thought-provoking poems selected by the Corridor Collective. Each poem should be in a shorter format, no more than one page, with 12 point font maximum, please. If you have “safe for everyone” original print-ready art that would work on a 5×7 format you are welcome to submit it. Submission does not guarantee publication. Poets selected will be notified and receive an electronic copy of the final zine.

I am not going to mass email the zine. The zine is designed to be discovered in a local shop. The zine is stress and drama free.

-me

What is a zine: zines are non-commercial, self-published booklets that are typically reproduced using a copy machine. They provide a safe space for their creator to freely express themselves and share their art, words, and thoughts with a chosen (and often niche) audience.

Type of poems the Corridor Collective is seeking: Poems that provoke deep thought, offer encouragement, entertain, share a story. Content must be friendly to all ages and lifestyles. Poems and art must be original and created by the submitter. Submission does not guarantee publication.

How will people get this zine: The zine will be distributed by hand to various local shops around Bellingham, WA by me. The first edition will be about 40 copies. These are Easter Eggs. These are hidden treasures. These will be cherished works of art beloved by many owned by few. If you want to distribute them in your town, message me.

What should I do when I find it? Please consider supporting the local cafe or store that has copies of “Corridor” when you stop by to get a copy. Even a purchase of $5 is helpful to the brick and mortar and other local businesses during this post-covid transition.

Where do I send my submission: Please send it to shannon dot chickadee at gmail dot com. If you have a specific form, such as a waterfall poem, I suggest sending it as a PDF. I will also take WORD or copy/paste it into the email. I will ask questions if any come up, but I want these zines to be quick, accurate, & easy. 
The poet must tell me how they would like to be acknowledged, how the poem is to be referenced and/or book cited, etc., otherwise it will be marked “anonymous”.

Is there a deadline for submissions: No, not really. Deadlines are so stressful and this zine does not subscribe to stress. The goal is to produce one zine per month and distribute them to local shops and cafes between the 1st – 10th of each month. Submissions that are not selected for one month may appear in the next month. However, if you can get your poem or piece of art to us by the 15th of the month, you have a good chance of appearing in the next month’s edition. Poets selected will be notified. Please send original poems and/or art anytime to shannon dot chickadee at gmail dot com. The Corridor Collective will try to put together random poems that “fit” well together. But that may not happen, and it’s OK. Why? Because it is a no-stress endeavor. We are trusting fate and happenstance, and the suburb science surrounding the coinkydink.

What if the poem I want to submit is old and/or was published: Many things get better with age. If you own the work, then please submit it. Also, remember to tell us how you would like it cited. Example:
Author last name, First name. “Poem Title.”
Book Title, Publisher, Year, Page number(s).
Used with authors permission

How rich will I get: no money is involved. There is no money.

How easy is this: It is easy. It is nice. It is fun. It is an opportunity for the right poem to find the right reader in some random act of kindness way. Easy. As easy as a cat falling asleep on your keyboard.

Poetry Club Talks…Sylvia Plath Pt1

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Topic: Sylvia Plath Pt1
Host: Mike
Poem: “Mad Girl’s Love Song” and “Ella Mason and Her Eleven Cats”
Recorded: January 20, 2022

Sylvia Plath Poems

This week Poetry Club takes on the work and life of Sylvia Plath, an American poet (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963).  Poetry Club looks past her “sad girl” persona and rejoices in the craft and construction of this mid-20th century poet’s marvelous work.
The range of her work is explored as we compare the energy of “Mad Girl’s Love Song” to “Ella Mason and Her Eleven Cats” in the first of this series.  Plath’s word choice, rhythm, hyperbole, and images are examined.  Join us as we dive into the Queen of Confessional Poetry.

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“In 1950, Plath matriculated at Smith College, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1955.

After graduation, Plath moved to Cambridge, England, on a Fulbright Scholarship. In early 1956, she attended a party and met the English poet Ted Hughes. Shortly thereafter, Plath and Hughes were married, on June 16, 1956.

Plath returned to Massachusetts in 1957 and began studying with Robert Lowell. Her first collection of poems, Colossus, was published in 1960 in England, and two years later in the United States. She returned to England, where she gave birth to her children Frieda and Nicholas, in 1960 and 1962, respectively.

In 1962, Ted Hughes left Plath for Assia Gutmann Wevill. That winter, Plath wrote most of the poems that would comprise her most famous book, Ariel.

In 1963, Plath published a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. She died on February 11 of that year.

Plath’s poetry is often associated with the Confessional movement and compared to the work of poets such as Lowell and fellow student Anne Sexton. Often, her work is singled out for the intense coupling of its violent or disturbed imagery and its playful use of alliteration and rhyme.”
https://poets.org/poet/sylvia-plath

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Poetry Club Talks…Seamus Heaney Part 3

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Topic: Seamus Heaney Pt3
Host: Mike
Poem: “St. Kevin and the Blackbird”
Recorded: January 6, 2022

Heaney_St. Kevin and the Blackbird

Mike puts on the host hat in this third discussion on Seamus Heaney’s poetry, using the book “Seamus Heaney” by Helen Vendler as a guide.  The poem this time is “St. Kevin and the Blackbird”.  Heaney documents the folklore of a monk with intense control over body and mind that he held out his arm and opened his hand to be used as a tree branch for a nesting blackbird.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 and Professor of Poetry at Oxford and Harvard universities, Seamus Heaney was perhaps the best known and most celebrated poet of the last fifty years. His death in 2013 prompted tributes from across the world.

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“Seamus Heaney’s development as a poet is inextricably connected to the violent struggle that has racked Northern Ireland. Vendler shows how, from one volume to the next, Heaney has maintained vigilant attention toward finding a language for his time—“symbols adequate for our predicament,” as he has said. The worldwide response to those discovered symbols suggests that their relevance extends far beyond this moment.”

Purchase Helen Vendler’s book “Seamus Heaney” here: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674002050

Watch/Listen Seamus read the poem on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wKGmQcSFbMc

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Poetry Club Talks…Seamus Heaney Pt2

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Topic: Seamus Heaney Pt2
Host: Ron
Poems: “Mid-term Break”, “Villanelle For An Anniversary”, “The Cure of Troy”
Recorded: December 16, 2021

Seamus Heaney Poems

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Ron guides Poetry Club through another riveting discussion on select poems by Seamus Heaney. Amory and Linda share their experience of attending a reading by Heaney while visiting Ireland.  We take a look at the different rhyme landscapes of his work, moods, mastery of storytelling, and more.  Join us for the deliberation of a much-loved poet.

“Heaney was a professor at Harvard from 1981 to 1997, and its Poet in Residence from 1988 to 2006. From 1989 to 1994, he was also the Professor of Poetry at Oxford. In 1996 he was made a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 1998 was bestowed the title Saoi of the Aosdána. Other awards that he received include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (1968), the E. M. Forster Award (1975), the PEN Translation Prize (1985), the Golden Wreath of Poetry (2001), the T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and two Whitbread Prizes (1996 and 1999).[3][4] In 2011, he was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and in 2012, a Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust.

Heaney is buried at the Cemetery of St Mary’s Church, Bellaghy, Northern Ireland. The headstone bears the epitaph “Walk on air against your better judgement”, from one of his poems, “The Gravel Walks”.[8]”

From Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seamus_Heaney

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Poetry Club Talks…Seamus Heaney Pt1

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Topic: Seamus Heaney
Host: Ron
Poems: “Digging” and “Follower”
Recorded: December 4, 2021

Seamus Heaney Poems

Ron hosts the discussion of one of his favorite poets, Seamus Heaney.  Seamus Justin Heaney, born April 1939 – died August 30, 2013, was an Irish poet, playwright, and translator. He received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.  We look at the created word pictures and word choice, share about the life and awards of this famous poet.  In part one we begin an exploration of poems that seem to bookend each other.  Will we get to the “root” of their meaning?  Perhaps, or perhaps we’ll save it for part 2. Please join us.

Seamus Heaney in 1971 Photo credit Jack McManus

“Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was raised in County Derry, and later lived for many years in Dublin. He was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism and edited several widely used anthologies. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.” Heaney taught at Harvard University (1985-2006) and served as the Oxford Professor of Poetry (1989-1994). He died in 2013.”

Please visit https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/seamus-heaney

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