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American Life in Poetry: ‘Origami’ by Joyce Sutphen

We haven’t published nearly enough poems written for young people, and here’s one I like a great deal.


American Life in Poetry: ‘A Wedding Toast’

I am often asked if I know of a good poem to be read at a wedding, and here’s one by James Bertolino, from his new and selected poems, “Ravenous …


100 years ago in Spokane: Boys wanted in suspected arson; Robert Frost scheduled to make give poetry reading

Two vacant houses were destroyed by fire in the Morgan Park district north for Hillyard, and now authorities were staging a massive search of the countryside from Hillyard to Mead …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Work’ by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

When I was a nasty little kid I once made fun of a girl in my school because her father worked cutting up dead animals at a rendering plant. My …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Cat Moving Kittens’

Austin Smith lives in rural Illinois and is an acute observer of the world at hand.


American Life in Poetry: ‘My Mother’s Van’

How many of our mothers set aside what they wanted to do with their lives and chose instead to make good lives for us? This poem is from Faith Shearin’s …


Poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna wins $100,000 to bring poetry to the Columbia River

Castro Luna’s winning proposal is to convene a series of poetry writing workshops and readings along the entire length of the Columbia River, from the point it enters the northeastern …


Riverside’s Payton Green wins Grand Slam poetry event

A Grand Slam isn’t just a breakfast served at Denny’s. On April 10, 14 students from area high schools faced off in the inaugural Northern vs. Valley Grand Slam at …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Taking Turns’

I like this poem for the way it portrays the manner in which we study the behavior of others and project our own experiences onto their lives.


American Life in Poetry: ‘Pinned in Place’ by Thomas Reiter

Ezra Pound commanded America’s poets to “Make it new.” And here’s a good example. Has there ever been another poem written, and written beautifully, about children playing among laundry drying …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Happiness’

Is it worse to live in a city where you can’t see a big storm coming until it’s right on top of you, or to be out on the plains …


Poetry book by two WSU students goes viral

Some people pay their way through college by taking out loans or receiving scholarships. Others work multiple jobs. Makenzie Campbell is paying for it with poetry.


American Life in Poetry: ‘Happiness’

This poem by Richard Jarrette, a Californian, takes on not only the description of an old house, but what might have happened there and what might happen anywhere.


American Life in Poetry: ‘Ascension’ by John Stanizzi

Our column has published a number of poems about facing the loss of family members, and others about the rush of time. This poem addresses both subjects.


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?


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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.