The View from Lummi Island

January 3

this island
smoothed and settled
humped and wild

thrown just off
the exploded heart
of the san juans


January 4

to the west:

grey layers and violet lines
smeared fractals and escher covenants
holding/creating          sweeping away
stalwart islands and thin-skinned waters
spasmodic winds and
skittish, fragile beliefs.


January 5

to the north:

the unseen flattening
fraser delta

jagged abrupt bulkhead
of bc mountains

and beyond:
grizzly, caribou, greyling

and just a bit further:
white seas, white bears

white fantasy.


January 6

to the east:

all intent
governed, overwhelmed
by pale ephemeral apparition
of koma kulshan

the center of the earth, revealed
still restless

the sacred fear.


January 7

to the south:

the lorelei
the teeming exigency
the inevitability

of seattle.



The View from Lummi Island, newly updated, is now available from Village Books.

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Saturday reading & workshop

You’re invited to join the Lummi Island Heritage Trust for an afternoon poetry reading and workshop with Luther Allen. Both events will be held outdoors at the Otto Preserve, 3560 Sunrise Road, Lummi Island. Bring a chair or blanket, your writing materials, and your mask.

The reading will start at 4:00pm and the workshop will follow. The new edition of The View from Lummi Island will be available for purchase, with sales benefiting LIHT.

Information on the Lummi Island ferry here.

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PoetryBridge reading

Please join featured poets Luther Allen and Tamara Kaye Sellman this Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 7:00pm Pacific, on Zoom, on the final PoetryBridge reading of the season. Request the Zoom link from the poets, from PoetryBridge organizer Leopoldo Seguel at, or by joining the PoetryBridge group on Facebook.

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the new View

Other Mind Press is pleased to announce the 2020 re-issue of The View from Lummi Island by Luther Allen. First published in 2010, this updated version of The View offers “no new poems, but a few word changes, some commas and periods moved around, and many of the poems got tweaked and cleaned up a bit.”

As always, The View from Lummi Island is available through Village Books and through the Lummi Island Heritage Trust.

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In the run-up to SpeakEasy 28: Homecoming with Rena Priest, which is happening tomorrow evening, April 24, 2021, Margaret Bikman, the queen of all-things-arts-and-entertainment in our region, interviewed me and SpeakEasy co-producer Judy Kleinberg.

The 20-minute interview will stream online today, Friday, April 23, and again tomorrow, Saturday, April 24, in the 10:30am hour Pacific time (i.e., sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 it will air, but we can’t provide a more precise time). To listen in, go to or tune in live in Bellingham at 102.3FM. If you miss it, the interview will be posted soon on Margaret’s Arts & Entertainment Spotlight podcast page.

See the SpeakEasy page for details on tomorrow’s reading with Rena, and if you need Zoom access, send an email to othermindpress AT

Hope you’ll join us for one or more of these events in honor of National Poetry Month.

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SpeakEasy 28: Homecoming with Rena Priest

The SpeakEasy poetry series is honored to feature Rena Priest, the new Washington State Poet Laureate, at SpeakEasy 28: Homecoming.

Presented on Zoom on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, the reading will also include Rena’s poet/mentors James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Pagh, and Jeanne Yeasting. For a Zoom link, please send an email to othermindpress AT

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Mark your calendar!

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, April 24, 2021, when SpeakEasy 28 will present the new (and as yet unnamed) Washington State Poet Laureate. We’re excited.

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SpeakEasy 27: the audience responds

SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread engaged five poets in what turned out to be a nine-month poetic conversation. The resulting series of linked poems was presented in five Zoom readings. To complete SpeakEasy 27, audience members were invited to submit their own poems inspired by and directly linked to specific ideas, images, or language in the 25-poem series.

Please join us on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, as SpeakEasy 27 features response poems by Sarah Brownsberger, Lauren Camp, Nancy Canyon, Bev Darnall, J.I. Kleinberg, Eric Kosarot, Rachel Mehl, Peter Messinger, Jory Mickelson, Don Mitchell, Kevin Murphy, Bethany Reid, Sheila Rosen, Paul Sarvasy, Betty Scott, Carla Shafer, Sheila Sondik, Allie Spikes, and Nik Warren.

Find additional details, access information, and videos of this and previous readings on the SpeakEasy 27 page.

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SpeakEasy 27 update

Thank you to the poets, Dayna Patterson, Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Jennifer Bullis, and Bruce Beasley, for a series of thought-provoking poems, and thank you to the poetry audience who showed up for the five Zoom readings. The video recordings of the five sessions are now available on the SpeakEasy 27 page.

Please note that the DATE for the SpeakEasy 27 response reading has been changed from Saturday, March 27, to Sunday, March 28, 2021, 7:00pm Pacific. See the complete guidelines on the SpeakEasy 27 page. We look forward to reading your poems inspired by SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread.

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SpeakEasy 27, Round 5

The fifth round of SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, as poets Dayna Patterson, Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Jennifer Bullis, and Bruce Beasley share their linked explorations. The poets’ bios and video links to Rounds 1 through 4 are available on the SpeakEasy 27 page.

The Zoom reading is free and the link is included in Luther Allen’s announcement email or you may request the link (or ask to be added to his announcement list) by sending a note to

NOTE: A final, audience-response round has been added to the SpeakEasy 27 schedule, to be held Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific. Poems must be directly linked to a readily identifiable phrase, line, or theme from a poem or poems presented in one of the first five rounds.
To have your poem considered for inclusion, send no more than two original poems to as a Word or PDF attachment and clearly explain the linkage for each poem. Approximately 20 poets will be selected to read their poems and explain the connection to the earlier poem(s) during the hour-long March 27 program, which will be video recorded. Submitting a poem acknowledges that it is your original work, that you have Zoom audio and video capabilities, and that you will be available to read on March 27 if selected. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 13, with selections and notifications by March 21.

We look forward to seeing you on February 27.

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