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Wordsmithing: Outdoor poetry series continues

Wordsmithing By Nature

John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90

John Ashbery, an enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90.

Wordsmithing by Nature: Poets go deep into the outdoors

For thousands of years, poets have written about the outdoors. Sometimes, they praise scenery and wildness; sometimes, they compare humanity to nature. Poets from Hesiod and Homer to Basho and …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Milkweed’ by Bradford Tice

Here’s a poem celebrating milkweed by Bradford Tice, whose most recent book of poetry is “What the Night Numbered,” from Trio House Press. Our Monarch butterfly population depends upon milkweed, …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Honeysuckle’ by Karla Morton

My boyhood home in Iowa was surrounded by honeysuckle bushes that my father sprayed with the hose on summer evenings, and we’d open the windows and have 1940s air conditioning, …

Tod Marshall’s new anthology proves poetry alive in Washington

For many readers, poetry can seem daunting, freighted with mistaken notions taught long ago by well-meaning but misguided English teachers: that what a poem says and what a poem means …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Nothing But Good’ by Sarah White

We’re taught to never speak ill of the dead. Well, then, what do we do? Perhaps we forgive. Here’s a lovely poem by Sarah White, who lives in New York. …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Stung’ by Heid E. Erdrich

The University of Minnesota Press has published a wonderful new collection of bee poems,

American Life in Poetry: ‘Umbrella’ by Connie Wanek

I recently had the privilege of editing Connie Wanek’s

American Life in Poetry: ‘The New Church’

Surely you’ve seen those Japanese scroll paintings in which tiny figures trail up the side of an enormous mountain? Here’s a poem about one such life by Lucia Cherciu, who …

For Robert Wrigley, poetry was a second choice for a career

The University of Idaho professor emeritus will visit Spokane on Friday to launch his newest collection, “Box,” with a reading at Auntie’s bookstore at 7 p.m.

Q&A: Nance Van Winckel’s latest poetry collection picks up where it last ended

A longtime Spokane resident, Van Winckel is the author of four short story collections, a novel in the form of a scrapbook and a book of visual poetry.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Unlike objects, two stories can occupy the same space’ by Charles Peek

There have been many poems written about the cranes, but this one reaches a little further into our lives.

Bard of Sherman Avenue’s poems raise money for Hospice

For 14 years, the Bard of Sherman Avenue would send little rhymes to Dave Oliveria, who hosts The Spokesman-Review’s Huckleberries Online blog. Now, after his death, 200 of Tom Wobker’s …

American Life in Poetry: ‘L.A. River’

All too often poets shun simple, direct, and earthy words like “tea” in favor of others that sound more sophisticated, like Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong. But fancy words put …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Print the Whales Make’ by Marge Saiser

Marge Saiser is a Nebraska poet about whose work I have said that no contemporary poet is better at writing about love. Here’s a love poem from her new book,

American Life in Poetry: That New

A while back we published a column in which I talked about my delight in the many names of kinds of apples, and mentioned Louise Bogan’s marvelous midcentury poem “The …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Sight,’ by Faith Shearin

I suppose there have been other poems about a baby’s first look at and into the world, but they couldn’t be more touching than this, by Faith Shearin, who lives …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Lily’ by Ron Koertge

We’ve been selecting poems for this column for more than 10 years and I can’t remember ever publishing a poem about a cat. But here at last is a cat, …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Aunt Eudora’s Harlequin Romance’ by Marilyn L. Taylor

It’s high time that a column about American life can at last offer a poem about romance fiction. Most of us poets are lucky to have a few hundred readers …

‘Bedtime’ poems: Kenn Nesbitt celebrates launch of new poetry anthology, ‘One Minute Till Bedtime’

Nesbitt will celebrate the launch of “One Minute Till Bedtime” at Auntie’s Bookstore on Saturday. He’ll be joined by two local writers with poems in the collection: Chris Cook and …

I Am a Town: Spokane writers use words to bring Lilac City to life

In her first project as Spokane poet laureate, Laura Read has hosted a series of I Am a Town workshops, to talk about poetry of place and create poetry about …

American Life in Poetry: “The Forge”

Garrison Keillor has used a number of George Bilgere’s poems on “The Writer’s Almanac,” and I’ve used several in this column, and it seems neither of us can get quite …

American Life in Poetry: Patricia Traxler

Travel can sharpen our awareness, can keep us on the alert, and here’s a poem by Patricia Traxler from her new book “Naming the Fires,” from Hanging Loose Press. Traxler …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Jockey’

I’d guess that many of us like old toys. As a boy I had a wind-up tin submarine that dove and surfaced, and a few years ago I saw one …

Sally Friedman: Powerful memories for ex-teacher

When I stepped into Room B-4 in a South Jersey suburb to face my first class of eighth graders, I was trembling.

Interpreting grief: Cahoon’s poems, images draw on tribal background

Scabland Lit brings poet and painter Heather Cahoon to Spokane for a “pop-up art show.”

American Life in Poetry: ‘Snakeskin’ by Stephen Behrendt

This past autumn, pruning a big lilac bush, I found a snakeskin that some bird had woven into its nest. Here’s a poem about another find, from Stephen Behrendt, who …

90-year-old Idaho Democratic delegate hasn’t given up hope for Bernie Sanders

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho - On one side of her jean jacket, Faye Morris wears a “Bernie” button. On the other, a button says “wage peace.” In the months before Idaho’s …

In poetry and music, Chris Cook knows how to produce a solid rhythm

Professional yo-yo player. Longtime Spokane Symphony trumpeter. Foosball champion. Of all the titles that dot Chris Cook’s eclectic résumé, “poet” is the one he’s most proud of.