Stories tagged: Poetry
Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 8:02 a.m.
A communications strategist for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is on the poetry longlist of the National Book Awards.
Sat., Aug. 24, 2019
Let’s hope that by the time this column appears, all fires in California have been extinguished. I wanted to offer you a poem that shows us what that beautiful but …
Sat., July 13, 2019, 4 p.m.
We haven’t published nearly enough poems written for young people, and here’s one I like a great deal.
Sat., June 29, 2019
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 …
Sat., June 8, 2019
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 …
Sat., June 8, 2019
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 …
Sat., June 1, 2019
Austin Smith lives in rural Illinois and is an acute observer of the world at hand.
Sat., May 11, 2019
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 …
Fri., April 26, 2019, noon
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 …
Thu., April 18, 2019, 5 a.m.
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 …
Sat., April 13, 2019
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.
Thu., April 4, 2019
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 …
Sat., March 23, 2019
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 …
Sat., March 9, 2019, 5 a.m.
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.
Sat., March 2, 2019
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.
Sat., Feb. 23, 2019
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.
Sun., Feb. 10, 2019
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 …
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 5 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Jan. 5, 2019
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. …
Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 4 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Oct. 28, 2018
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 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 …
Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8 a.m.
To celebrate the end of summer, here is a sonnet full of explosions by Maryann Corbett, who lives in Minnesota.
Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 1:47 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
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.
Sat., July 28, 2018, 2 p.m.
Here is a poem by Richard Schiffman that has a little fun with the hair-on-fire excesses of grand opera.
Sat., July 21, 2018
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.
Thu., July 19, 2018, 9:37 p.m.
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 …
Sat., May 26, 2018
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 …
Sat., May 12, 2018, 10 a.m.
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 …