the view

March 8

and the world out there
and the world in here

the twittering sparrow
the color of the sky
the heft of the planet
the uttering        the weaving
of words, dreams, agony, rapture

this moment:

the complete
presented history
of the universe

. . . . .
poem published in The View from Lummi Island by Luther Allen
photo by Luther Allen

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Luther Allen’s story “The Stilled Ring” was selected as a finalist in the 8th Annual Contest in Fiction at, where you can read, print, or download it as a PDF.

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Friday poetry in Anacortes, Washington

The monthly poetry series at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse continues on Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:00pm, with an evening of poetry and music with young Skagit poet Piet Anna Pruitt, featured poets Luther Allen and J.I. Kleinberg, and a musical set by Anacortes’ own Pearl Tottenham.

Luther Allen writes poetry and designs buildings from Sumas Mountain, Washington. He facilitates SpeakEasy, a community poetry reading series in Bellingham, and is co-editor of Noisy Water, an anthology of local poets. His collection of poems, The View from Lummi Island, can be found at Other Mind Press. His work is included in the recent anthologies WA 129 (edited by Tod Marshall), Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (edited by Yvonne Blomer), Poets Unite! LitFUSE @10, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), and For Love of Orcas (edited by Jill McCabe Johnson and Andrew Shattuck McBride). His short story “The Stilled Ring” was finalist in the annual fiction contest at He views writing as his spiritual practice.

Twice nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg is co-editor of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press 2017) and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015), and co-produces the Bellingham-based SpeakEasy poetry series. Her poetry has appeared in One, Pontoon, Pedestal Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, December, and elsewhere, and more than 300 of her found-word collage poems have been published in print and online. She lives in Bellingham and posts frequently at and and occasionally on Instagram @jikleinberg.

Please join us.

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fishing off ucluelet

Thanks to Adventures Northwest Magazine for including my poem fishing off ucluelet, vancouver island in the Autumn 2019 issue.

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Thursday in Vancouver, Washington

On the second Thursday of every month, Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Washington, opens its doors to poetry. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic offers an evening of featured readers, open mic, plus food and libations provided by Niche Wine Bar.

On Thursday, January 9, 2020, Luther Allen and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg will share the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic feature spot.

Hope to see you there.

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Washington Poetic Routes

As a part of her tenure as Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna has created Washington Poetic Routes, “a digital poetry-mapping project that explores Washington’s rich geographical terrain, both in terms of landscape and in terms of the human relationships that unfold across the State.”

At the Washington Poetic Routes website, each clickable red dot on the map marks a site-specific poem. I’m honored that my poem, dropping down the west side of the cascades (see below), is included at Stevens Pass.

As an unexpected bonus, Claudia Castro Luna just notified me that my poem will be one of eight selected from the WPR project to be made into a broadside. The selected poems will be hand-printed by a team of eight printers at the Seattle School of Visual Concepts, each printer working with one poem. The poems will then be assembled into 50 portfolios that will go to Humanities Washington, which supports the Washington State Poet Laureate program and is covering production costs. The broadsides should be complete in early 2020.

dropping down the west side of the cascades

    this is it.
    the smell of green
    of damp rot, of slugs and ferns
    and staggering grand trees.
    the smell of festering tidal flats
    the burst of orcas through
    a rain-matted sea.
    the smell of gulls and sea lions
    salmon and cedar longhouses.
    of pulp mills and seattle traffic
    shrouded and mysterious islands
    and miles and miles and miles
    of raw ocean.
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SpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino

SpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino presents an evening of poetry written by James Bertolino. Jim’s poetry has been published internationally in hundreds of magazines, scores of anthologies, and dozens of books over the past 50+ years. He holds an MFA from Cornell University, has won numerous awards, and taught creative writing for more than 36 years. Jim’s first book was published in 1968, and his recent publications include Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems (MoonPath Press, 2014) and Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry (World Enough Writers, 2018), which he edited. Bertolino’s poem “A Wedding Toast” was featured on Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, on June 29, 2019.

The free, public event will be held at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 7:00pm. Please join us as we honor this prolific and influential poet.

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