I am happy to announce my poem “Rancid Blood” was selected by James Bertolino for his new project an Alcohol Poem Anthology. More details to post later. Stay tuned!
My bio reads: Shannon Laws is a World Peace Poet and non-profit radio producer in Bellingham, Washington. Her family has an intense, repetitive history with the disease of alcoholism and addiction. The current generation, more aware and supportive than any previous, keeps a loving eye on the next.
“Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?”
And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.”
-Luke 8:30, New King James Version
You sit across the table and smile
Eyes dark, glazed, fingers tap the table
As I search for words
What is your name?
A worm crawls inside
Eats the innards, of a rotten, soggy soul
You are dead, the you I knew
Died years ago
If only I could cast out demons
And send them to swine,
Alcohol no longer your blood
So sorry, but I have no words
The sight of you has stolen them
All I can do is hold your hand
I cannot climb your mountain
I cannot walk your path
I cannot fight your fight
This is a demon you must
Cast out of Yourself
2811 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA
This event kicks off my summer tour. (More dates to follow) If you’re in the area please consider stopping by for some words and really good soup at the hosting cafe. Thank you emcee Duane Kirby Jensen.
Written over the years of late 2012-2014 the poetry that emerged from my finger tips started to take a new direction. Nature and love topics will always be on my forethought, but objects like a pole, a cinnamon roll and a rain drop on a porch at night attacked my senses.
2013 was an especially wild year, romantically, professionally, artistically. New jobs (plural), hope gained then lost AGAIN, projects built such as “Poetic Moments” radio feature and the Peace Poets ‘Read-in” events, wonderful highs. Then the love life roller coaster: hot and cold, warm, simmer, then over and gone. In my free time, my down time and on my dates with my notebook, words started to show up. THINGS started to twinkle at me to say “hi”. Simple things with deep worlds.
“Odd Little Things” is a shorter book than “Madrona Grove” but it feels like it says more with less words. I hope you will consider adding it to you collection. This is the age of the chap book, staple binding n’ all. Collect them and SAVE a poet!
My new poetry book, Odd Little Things, will officially launch September 6, 2014 at Village Books, 4-5:00. Please join me and my two poet-sisters, Carla Shafer and Erica Reed as we share our poetry. Books will be available for purchase and sign at the event.
I asked Carla and Erica to join me in my celebratory hour, mainly because I am a fan of their work, both on paper and within the community. Carla’s graceful, intelligent writing makes me marvel at life’s organized beauty. Erica is more like a surgeon with her pen, digging into areas of the heart and mind, exposing those delicate memories that need to be explored.
These woman are outstanding pillars in the writer community. They care, they listen, they show up. Dedicated to keeping the writing arts alive in Bellingham, Carla and Erica create platforms for area artist to express themselves; with projects like Fairhaven Art Block, writing poetry by request at the Farmer’s Market, and Read-ins for Peace.