An afternoon discussion centered on the power of poetry and its place in the world. Each poet brings a unique perspective and vast experience to the table, and every year we are stunned at the magic that takes place when five poets sit down to discuss their craft. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of today’s most talented poets from our region and beyond!
This award-winning debut interrogates the fragile, inherited ways of approaching love and family from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives.
What happens when everything falls away, when those you call on in times of need are themselves calling out for rescue? In his highly anticipated second collection, Chen Chen continues his investigation of family, both blood and chosen, examining what one inherits and what one invents, as a queer Asian American living through an era of Trump, mass shootings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Rena Priest addresses those who crave 'the meat of beasts with beets and leeks.' And while she insists that 'Nature makes you pay, ' her poems tell us that through a 'wistful song of sighs.' The world is not always comfortable, but her poems never 'lose touch with the fluidity of the spirit.' Patriarchy Blues is an amazing collection."
Van Winckel's poems hover at the intersections of folktale and history, of past life regressions and future life visions, in a voice that is intimate, eerie, wry, and always strangely like a voice that has been going on in our heads without our noticing. The chill and pleasure it renders is a little like what one feels upon first reading Proust.
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Poetry. Poems funny, stark, spot-on and utterly beautiful comprise her collection, OUR FOREIGNER, a brilliant and dark comedy. This is Betsy Sholl's apt description for the poetry of Nance Van Winckel, one of the Northwest's foremost poets and writers, and her latest release--from The Pacific Coast Poetry Series/Beyond Baroque Books.