rained

rained

new-boiled clouds wash clean
cold nose-stinging wet trickles
road all greasy mud

old boards turn dark brown
knots curl black and dead pith crumbs
pines stab, glistening

my old hat worn grey
with turkey beard and two holes
smells like a wet dog

ee-Yah!

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poetry and peace

World Peace Poets Awards

Luther Allen will be among the awardees on Saturday, February 28, 2015, when World Peace Poets honors poets and peacemakers from both sides of the border at a reading and awards ceremony. The celebration, at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, includes readings by the awardees, who are being honored for their leadership in the poetry community. The event is free.

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SpeakEasy 15 poems posted

SpeakEasy 15 banner

Following last weekend’s successful SpeakEasy 15, we had a number of requests for copies of the poems. They are now posted on the SpeakEasy 15 page. Enjoy!

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January 16*

white cat photo by dawgama

the cats
— hopefully just darwin’s soldiers —
neatly place
mouse and mole cadavers
stiff carcasses of birds
on the steps

as if gifts

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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SpeakEasy 15

Poems and Prayers for the New Year

SpeakEasy 15: Poems and Prayers for the New Year will give voice to the hopes, beseechments and visions — both personal and global — of a select group of regional poets. Founded in 2009 and produced in Bellingham by Luther Allen, each SpeakEasy addresses a unique perspective or theme presented through written and spoken words.

Please join us: Sunday, January 18, 2015 ~ 7:00pm ~ in the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham, Washington
Free (donations appreciated)

SpeakEasy 15 poets/readers include: Angela Belcaster | Betty Scott | Caitlin Thomson Carol McMillan | Carolyn McCarthy | Charles Luckmann | CJ Prince | David Drummond
David Laws | Diane Cordrey | Harvey Schwartz | Jim Milstead | Jim Schmotzer
Joe Nolting | J.I. Kleinberg | Kari Galbraith | Kate Miller | Lane Morgan
Mo Dole | Lois Holub | Luther Allen | Malcolm Kenyon | Margot Lewis | Mary Gillilan
Nancy Canyon | Nancy Pagh | Paul Fisher | Peter Messinger | Phyllis Boernke
Steve Hood | Susan J. Erickson | Tim Pilgrim

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January 6*

photo by Daniel German

to the east:

all intent
governed, overwhelmed
by pale ephemeral apparition
of mount baker

the center of the earth, revealed
still restless

the sacred fear.

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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January 1*

beach fire

last night:
bonfire on the beach
friends in firelight
oysters, posole, red wine . . .

commingling with
          cloud-muted stars
          the damp wind of this season
          and the slap and shush of the water

wrapping us around
the entire world

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

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