Event: You Love Me, You Love Me Not

You’re invited…

Flyer by SPL (my inner child) Please print, color me and share

Save the Date!

This event is an early 5:00 p.m. set designed for you and your sweetie to enjoy a special day together, a passionate spark to get things started.  Also, a great time for anyone who is a fan of love and wants to support the Alt Library and local artist.  (I think we’re talkin’ about YOU)  You’ll hear from poets Eric Kosarot and James Bertolino.  The featured poet is Shannon P. Laws who will be reading select love poems accompanied by Greg Sherman on upright bass.  This is also the first Bellingham reading from her new book “Fallen”, 2017.

Come early Kathy McKeever, Urban Cauldron, will be available to read your LOVE tarot 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Kathy is a professional, long time tarot reader and teacher of tarot.  She is an expert in the art of divination.

Tickets are suggested $5 or donation, tips encouraged for tarot reader
Books by authors will be on hand for purchase

James Bertolino’s poetry has received recognition through a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards, and the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets. He has had 12 volumes of poetry published, the most recent being Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, 2014, from MoonPath Press.  http://www.jamesbertolino.com/

 

Tongue in Ink

by Shannon P. Laws

The best poems are not written in ink but by the tongue
Spoken into the air never finding paper
Touched by the mist of breath against your neck
Said in the dark rooms where lovers meet
 
Not at all recorded nor syllables numbered
But art form just the same
Once activated and released the words are all lost
Left to moments that linger
Holding each other in sweaty embrace
As if the sheets themselves are sentences
  

March “Poem Booth” Space Awarded

The winner of the debut POEM BOOTH
contest has been announced.

Congratulations Kathleen McKeever of Bellingham, Washington!

Kathleen McKeever cutting the ribbon at the official opening of The Poem Booth on Forest Street at the downtown Community Food Co-op, March 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

Sunnyland Scent

If I could brew a personal fragrance
of this morning’s air,
my perfume would speak
to the part of my memory
which recollects towhee at the birdfeeder
and sweet pine sisken song.
Scent memory of grass
full of bluebells, tete a tetes, and clover.
The smell of garden spade,
tomato leaf and butter lettuce.
A whiff of family
loading dog, canoe and picnic
into their panel wagon.
Cologne of clucking hens
announcing the arrival of warm, brown eggs.
Sweet smell of pink and ivory fruit trees
dressed in their bridal best.
Neighbor scent pushing strollers,
drinking coffee,
greeting one another with smiling nods.

If I could blend a perfume
of this morning’s air,
I would never be alone.

By Kathleen McKeever

Kathleen is our winner of the first poem booth poetry contest…stop by the poem booth between March 1st and May 31st to see her poem! Congratulations, Kathleen!

 

 

 

 

Event: Mother’s Day Celebration Big Rock Garden

 You’re invited~

Mother's Day Poster 2016

 

Poetry in a park? YES!  This year it was my job to gather poets for the 23rd annual Big Rock Mother’s Day event.  I’m so thankful to present this stellar list of exceptional poets from the Bellingham area and one fabulous poet-mother from Seattle, Ibtihal Mahmood.

Ibtihal is a Chairperson at IMIA – International Medical Interpreters Association, Member at Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society (NOTIS) andVolunteer at Translators Without Borders, a mother and a poet.  I first met her at a Peace Poet “Read-In” event.  She’s a real treasure.

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A horse sculpture and pagoda at Big Rock

My World Peace Poet sisters Carol McMillian, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott and Carla Shafer are in the line up.  Poets representing Village Book Poetry Group, Jennifer Dannenberg and Kathleen McKeever, will read.

Also, excited that Kevin Murphy and Elizabeth Vignali will be sharing.  Both released a new book of work this year.

Kevin’s poetry collection “The Bird of Pure Midnight”

“I like to think that “The Bird of Pure Midnight” offers many of the same benefits as an around-the-world journey, but at a small fraction of the cost.”**

Elizabeth (Elizabeth Broucard) book “To Marry Well” is a tribute to her great-grandmother.

“Like the heroine in my first book, To Marry Well, my great-great grandmother traveled by train to a small town in Washington Territory to marry a man who she’d never met in order to provide a secure future for herself and what remained of her family. Unfortunately, my heroine’s real-life counterpart did not have a happily-ever-after. To Marry Well was created from my desire to give my great-great-grandmother the happy ending she deserved.”***

Come join us for a fun day at the Big Rock!