reflection on a winter’s eve


things are quiet on the mountain tonight. 

cold, some snow. 

stillness almost without breath. 

hold that in your bones, words

to remember.

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SpeakEasy 22

SpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature welcomes eight outstanding poets — Jennifer Bullis, Elizabeth Colen, Paul Hunter, Jeffrey Morgan, Bethany Reid, Kimberly Roe, Ely Shipley, and Sheila Sondik — who will populate the room with the power of animals: persona, myth, spirit, science, and a deep wildness. Please join us for another memorable SpeakEasy on Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room.

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Sinking

Read Luther Allen’s poem “Sinking” in Refugium, Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press, 2018).

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SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry

SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry will feature seven distinguished poets reflecting on their own work, their inspiration, and the importance of poetry in their lives. The poets are Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest.

Please join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and the poets’ books will be for sale.

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SpeakEasy 20!


We’ve added a SpeakEasy 20 page introducing the poets and the three workshops. Have a look and please join us on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

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August 5

          softly wrinkled
oyster clouds
          smelling of slow and tender sex
serene corrugated shirr
          against grey rose void

                    suspending planets

                                                  like pearls

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April 11*

frog croaking
creates a thousand seams
in the nightblack stillness

fills the voids
with lunatic cries,
incessant lust

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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