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American Life in Poetry: ‘Aquarium, February’ by Liz Ahl

Liz Ahl was once a very talented graduate student in our creative writing program at the University of Nebraska, but she’s long since moved on to teach at Plymouth State …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Cradle Thief’

Caitlin Doyle, who lives in Ohio, writes haunting, memorable poetry about the familiar and the strange. Her poetry is a fine example of what I call strategic artistry, as if …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Exit Glacier’ by Peggy Shumaker

The glaciers that flattened my part of the world made their exit eons ago, but in Alaska, where Peggy Shumaker lives and writes, they’re just now beginning to turn back. …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Girl from Panama’ by Clemens Starck

Clemens Starck of Oregon has 50 years’ experience working with his hands, as a merchant seaman and then a carpenter, and he knows work and working people. Here’s a typical …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Talking About the Day’ by Jim Daniels

A young father and his two small children, tucked into a comfortable old chair at the end of a day. What could feel better than that?

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

The ‘lost’ works Pulitzer Prize winner discovered by UI prof

The Idaho Statesman reported Zachary Turpin, an assistant professor of American literature at the University of Idaho, and his colleagues recently found previously unknown writings by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne …

American Life in Poetry: ‘State Fair Fireworks, Labor Day’ by Maryann Corbett

To celebrate the end of summer, here is a sonnet full of explosions by Maryann Corbett, who lives in Minnesota.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Covering the Mirrors’ by Carol V. Davis

Carol V. Davis lives in California, and once was an artist-in-residence at the Homestead Monument in Nebraska, where I met her. The following poem, her fourth to be published in …

American Life in Poetry: ‘No Encore’ by Betty Adcock

For me, poetry’s most moving subject is impermanence, and I will never read too many poems about it, each with their own very personal and specific points of view.

American Life in Poetry: ‘After the Opera’ by Richard Schiffman

Here is a poem by Richard Schiffman that has a little fun with the hair-on-fire excesses of grand opera.

American Life in Poetry: ‘My Cousin, Milton’

In one of my recent columns I wrote about the importance to the overall effect of a poem of having a strong ending, and here’s a fine example of that.

City of words: ‘I am a Town’ project brings poetry to Spokane streets

In a dozen spots throughout the city, passers-by can come across fragments from poems about Spokane places, matched to the particular locations to which the poems refer. The public arts …

American Life in Poetry: ‘In Spring’ by Rose King

I’m writing this column in the earliest days of another spring, and here’s a fine spring poem from Rose King’s book “Time and Peonies,” from Hummingbird Press. The poet lives …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Good News’ by Steve Langan

Some of the mannerisms of poetry that can get in the way of an everyday reader’s enjoyment are elevated diction, obscure references, and a vocabulary that requires a trip to …

Our Town Poetry: ‘Life in Spokane’ by Bethany Montgomery

For National Poetry Month in April, we’re publishing a series of poems by readers about Spokane.

Our Town Poetry: ‘Lilac City Promise’ by Lisa Conger

April is National Poetry Month and reader Lisa Conger shared this poem of compassion to help us celebrate.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Tod Marshall headlines ‘My Town Poetry Night’ on April 11

On April 11, former state poet laureate Tod Marshall joins The Spokesman-Review’s

UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 3:08 p.m.

Get tickets for Northwest Passages Book Club events

Tickets are available for April events hosts hosted by The Spokesman-Review’s popular Northwest Passages Book Club and Community Forum.

Poet Marie Howe will discuss writing, spirituality and doubt in Spokane talks

Poet Marie Howe has been trying to write about Mary Magdalene for more than 30 years. Her fascination with the biblical figure goes back even further. “Like many women, I …

Poet E.J. Koh grapples with love

“I think seeing the possibility of love, in anything, in betrayal, in war, in abuse – I think it asks us to be courageous. It asks us to notice love,” …

Washington’s current and future poets laureate visit YVC for a ‘passing of the guard’ ceremony

Mark Fuzie, an English composition instructor at Yakima Valley College helped bring two Washington state poets laureate to the college on Monday for poetry workshops, readings, and an unofficial transfer …

The end of the road: Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall looks back on two years of words, inspiration, and road trips

As Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall sprints to the finish line of his two-year tenure, he looks back at the work accomplished, and thinks about what the road ahead will …

American Life in Poetry: ‘From where I stand’

Poems that move back and forth through time can be intriguing. In this poem by Pat Schneider, she looks deep into the past and evokes it in compelling detail, though …

The end of the road: Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall looks back on two years of words, inspiration, and road trips

Two years ago, award-winning Spokane poet and Gongaza University professor Tod Marshall embarked on a new journey – as Washington’s poet laureate. The laureate program, sponsored by Humanities Washington and …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Vanity of the Dragonfly

Nancy Willard, who died in February, was one of my favorite poets, with an enviable gift for inventive description. She published poetry, fiction, essays and children’s books, one of which, …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Bees Were Better’ by Shihab Nye

The University of Minnesota Press has published a fine collection of bee poems, “If Bees are Few.” Here’s one by one of my favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye, who lives …

Spokane Life in Poetry: ‘Autumn Blessings for the Fox, 2017,’ by Tod Marshall

We interrupt the weekly American Life in Poetry column to bring readers something local. On Saturday night at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall …

Spokane’s next poet laureate is Mark Anderson

The 29-year-old, who grew up in Mica, an unincorporated community between Spokane Valley and Freeman, founded Broken Mic, the long-running performance poetry open mic, held Wednesday nights at Neato Burrito …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Guardians’ by Jill Bialosky

Jill Bialosky is a New Yorker, an editor at W. W. Norton, and a daughter grieving the loss of loved ones.

Creating poetry in bleak times

For Natalie Peeterse, “Dreadful : Luminosity” is an essential description of a world that’s wracked by difficulty yet “just throbs with connection and meaning.”