Category Archives: Poetry

2019 Seattle Independent Bookstore Day

This year, a leisurely but full and delightful trip for me and my mom, to ten great Seattle bookstores.

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Books for sale!

 

I am pleased as punch to announce that I have published a collection of poetry and a chapbook, as well as a little book of drawings. All three are available for purchase through PayPal — just shoot an email to catherinebullbooks@gmail.com with your zipcode so I can figure the shipping cost, and then we’ll go from there!

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Raptors

My brother sent me some pictures from his family’s visit to the California Raptor Center yesterday which reminded me of both the excellence memoir H is for Hawk and of the collection of poems Raptor, both of which I’ve written about before and am reposting here as a reminder of just how memorable both are. I still highly recommend them both!

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Bookstore Day! Bookstore Day! Bookstore Day!

It’s April, which means it’s Poetry Month, but it also means Independent Bookstore Day is nigh! Saturday, April 28th, to be exact. Mark. Your. Calendars.

You can get all the details for this year in Seattle here https://www.seattlebookstoreday.com/

And read about our past three years of adventures here, here, and here.

All you lovely 19 independent and fabulously unique bookstores you, get ready…my mom and I are doing the challenge again (OF COURSE WE ARE!)

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Pie Poems

Thanksgiving week seems like a good time to do a post about pie poems.

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A Few of my Favorite Things of Late

People matching artworks in museums

The poem “Shadowbox” by Susan Rich which, if I’d been on it, I would have put up on Halloween just as Poem-a-Day did.

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One Sky, Two Poems, and a Book Bingo Card

This round, a quick turn away from the climate change sadnesses of the world to look at a few lovely things.

I love this project (h/t Austin Kleon’s newsletter) — 88 artists all over the world looked up all at 12:00pm Eastern Standard and drew the sky. One Sky.

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Two poems I thoroughly enjoyed: “Truck Carrying Live Eels Overturns on Highway 101” from Rattle’s Poets Respond project, and “Page One” by Joannie Stangeland.

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Poetry and More Poetry for #BookBingoNW2017

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It’s Summer Book Bingo* time!!! And though Poetry is but one square, that doesn’t mean you don’t have Poetry options for just about all the rest of the squares too.

So here is a list of poetry collections which will satisfy 2017’s Bingo squares, curated with the generous help of Billie Swift, Kym Littlefield and Alexander Moyasenko of Open Books: A Poem Emporium, and Seattle poets Susan Rich, J.W. Marshall, and Joannie Stangeland (thank you!)

*One of my favorite annual Seattle events. (Here are the details for those unfamiliar with the general idea, and also a pdf of the bingo card if you want to get started before you make it to a library branch).

Let’s begin with the most subjective and random (which is to say pulled at random off my own bookshelf), CHOOSE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. And this post ends with the longest, (thanks to Billie Swift!), WASHINGTON STATE AUTHOR. Some of these categories obviously are a very few suggestions for what could be impossibly long lists (LGBTQIA AUTHOR, BY AN AUTHOR OF COLOR, anyone?!), but are at least a place to start.

Happy (POETRY) reading this summer!

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Seattle Independent Bookstore Day and a Titch More

Seattle Independent Bookstore Day is April 29th!!! (three exclamation points at the very very least.) Hope to see you out there — yes my mom and I will be doing the whole shebang again together. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read 2015 and2016 ‘s recaps then go see what’s happening in your neck of the woods on the 29th).

I also highly recommend you read these:

Jane Hirschfield, On the Fifth Day

Bob Hicock’s We’ve Come a Long Way Toward Getting Nowhere

Alex Dmitrov’s The Moon After Election Day

And look at these:

Chronophotography of birds in flight from a project called Ornitographies — they’re somethin’ else.

 

1 Perfect Title, 2 Oof Endings, and some other fun

The mix this week: two poems with hella amazing endings, one with a perfect title, a cool website devoted to black history (including in the West), and for fun some “The Future that Liberals Want” meme and french bulldogs in sweatshirts on a couch.

Ghazal, the Dark Times” by Marilyn Hacker begins:

Tell us that line again, the thing about the dark times…
“When the dark times come, we will sing about the dark times.”

and includes this stanza, so delicious to read aloud and an excellent use of “bling”:

Naysayers in sequins or tweeds, libertine or ascetic
Find a sensual frisson in what they’d call bling about the dark times.

and after much more like that ends with this gut punch reminder:

You come home from your meeting, your clinic, make coffee and look in the mirror
And ask yourself once more what you did to bring about the dark times.

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