Saturday Mar. 9th 4-5:30 pm
Green Lake Branch Public Library, Seattle Washington
Open Mic too 5-5:30pm
Host Rayn Roberts
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“Look deeply at the big picture beyond revenge to compassion / We are broken or someday will be, but still beautiful, broken / Kintsugi, it all depends on we put the pieces back together.” ~ from “These boys, These Men” by Rayn Roberts
Readings Worth Witnessing by the African American’s Writers Alliance Seattle, Washington 2018. (Click Above)
MORE COMING UP. Posting those when I know.
Get the latest AAWA Anthology–Voices That Matter, at most any reading . $15.00.
The 2018 readings were awesome with Sierra Golden & Shankar Narayan starting off the year. Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate, read in October and many of the new features amazed us with fine work. Poets Chris Buckley, who has been a regular at the reading will feature with Lola Peters from the AAWA. Chris has a new book out. Chad Sokolovsky (new book), Tara Hardy (new book), Ben Schmitt (new book), Bill Carty will all be featured and Sierra Golden, with her new book, will return! In July, two San Diego poets, Jimmy Jazz and Micheal Klam will travel to Seattle to delight and enlighten us! These two are not to be missed. They will be something new for Seattle.
All the featured poets for 2019 are excellent, exciting and entertaining. There is always and open mic. If you are interested in a feature, please send samples of your poetry, mention where you’ve read and if you have books in print: Inquire via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or J. Glenn Evans @ https://www.poetswest.com/contact.php
Here’s the latest featured Poets coming to Green Lake
All Readings start at 4pm and run until 5:30pm. Get there early for a good seat!
Sat Jan 12, 2019—Chris Buckley—Lola Peters
Sat Feb 09, 2019—Canceled due to Snow Storm
Sat Mar 09, 2019—Tara Hardy—Mike Hickey– Kendra Steel
Sat Apr 13, 2019—Bethany Reid– Cathy Ross—Chad Sokolovsky
Sat May 11, 2019—Melanie Reed— Benjamin Schmitt
Sat Jun 08, 2019—David Post—Terry Busch
Sat Jul 13, 2019—- Jimmy Jazz & Michael Klam
Sat Aug 10, 2019—Sierra Golden & Gaylloyd Sisson
Sat Sep 14, 2019—Cat Kigerl & Joe Greer
Sat Oct 2019 12th — David Horowitz & Francine Wall
Sat Nov 9, 2019 — All PONGO Poetry (Supporting At Risk Youth & Allies)
Sat Dec 11, 2019 — Bill Carty — Michael Magee
Sat Jan 11, 2020—Filled—Griffith Williams—
Sat Feb 08, 2020—Filled—Rajaa Gharbi—Bruce Taylor
Sat Mar 14, 2020—Filled—Oliver Amatist—Susan Landgraf
Sat Apr 11, 2020—Filled—Rayn Roberts—Kevin O’Conner
Sat May 09, 2020— Filled—Michael Dylan Welch— Jayne Merek
Sat Jun 16, 2020—Open
Sat Jul 11, 2020—Open
Sat Aug 08, 2020— —Sally Hedges-Blanquez – TBA
Sat Sep 12, 2020— —Sandy Yannone — TBA
Green Lake is wonderful any time of the year!
Out of breath but not energy, I tire on the upward path
Stop to see where I am. The summit’s not far, but I need water.
It is the taste of spring, taste of April I take, the icy-sweet clean
Can-anything-be-so-pure-snowmelt rushing right out of the earth.
This is how I want to be, clean and clear, no phone TV house or car
No worn-out concept, dead-end dogma, news of the dead or war–
Merton had his seven story mountain, but was a monk. I aspire
Only to know myself & poetry. That too is a mountain worth a climb.
To long for, wander out and look for the miracle in the mundane
The unexpected blessing in contradictions, the calm fox napping
A hare hopping by unharmed, the globe spinning from light to dark
In a field of floating stars, sparks rising from a camp-fire
The echo of a waterfall
That is what I want, not to get away
But get closer to what I need most and love, a place
Where the many faces of the mountain are one, where I sit
Allow the toil and grief of life to flow out of my mind, out of my body
Drain into the earth like water, a leave me for good.
“Climbing Mountains” first appeared in Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience by Mark L. Tompkins (Editor), Jennifer McMahon (Editor)
Cover photo for the poem by Rayn Roberts: View of Mts. near Hoh Rain Forest Washington
1. April 1, 2020. Duvall Poetry Group, Duvall Public Library:
2. April 13, 2020. Green Lake Branch Public Library 4pm Rayn Roberts featuring with Seattle Poet Kevin O’Conner. Info & Map @ The Stranger