Roman roads in Britannia

“Walking can animate the body and senses in a way conducive to poetry’s wandering alertness, moving through things, looking around — purpose without system.” Robert Pinsky

Britain is criss-crossed by a web of roads established by the Romans. One of them, now known as Watling Street, runs from Wroxeter (in Shropshire, the site of the fourth-largest Roman capital, Viroconium Cornoviorum) southeast for some 200 miles to Dover. The road between London and Canterbury follows a 50-mile course near the eastern end of Watling Street.

Dan Simpson, Poet-in-Residence at Canterbury Roman Museum, recently completed a five-day walk along that 50-mile section, visiting museums and historic sites along the way and documenting his journey with photographs, notes and poems. You can see the record of his journey, and some of his poems, on Canterbury Roman Museum Residency.

For an unrelated but intriguing Dan Simpson project, visit Crowdsourced Poetry.
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Roman Roads in Britannia

on poetry

October 20, 2014

Robert Pinsky“Poetry makes something happen. The eloquence, the brilliant language, the musical sounds turn out to be going somewhere, toward some discovery or action — sometimes even toward the action of tossing the eloquence or images aside, like a raft that has served its purpose.”
Robert Pinsky
(b. October 20, 1940)
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photo by Eric Antoniou

The Morning After*

October 19, 2014

Judy Teresa - The Morning After
The Morning After
By Judy Teresa
2014 Walk Award

Dressed in denim
the bride sits on the curb
of the circular drive
at Bellwether Hotel.

The wedding dress
is bundled in her arms
like a soiled sheet ready
for the laundry.

Some feet away
her indifferent husband
and their pull-along suitcase
stand upright waiting.

What will become
of the wedding dress?
Will it be cleaned, boxed,
and stored for perpetuity?

What will become
of the couple now
that they’re married
and no longer engaged?

*Copyright 2014 by Judy Teresa. Broadside designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio.


October 17, 2014


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jessica Lohafer10:00am – Noon
Jessica Lohafer
The Poetry of Place.
As we get older, we learn that we can’t always go home. While we might not be able to physically return to the spaces of our past, poetry allows us to reinhabit these locations in new ways. In this workshop, we will be exploring the poetry of place, working to recreate the settings of our lives. We will look to the poetry of Robert Lashley, Jack Gilbert and Kim Addonizio (among others) to help create a fuller picture of where we are coming from. Please come to this workshop with three different life locations in mind.

Jessica Lohafer is a poet, feminist, and bartender out of Bellingham, Washington, whose work has appeared in Whatcom Magazine, The Noisy Water Review, Thriving Thru The Winter: A Pacific Northwest Handguide and Your Hands, Your Mouth. Her collection of poetry, What’s Left to Be Done, was published by Radical Lunchbox Press in 2009. She has served as the Program Director for Poetry in Public Education, bringing writing workshops to schools throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jessica recently received her MFA in poetry from Western Washington University. She has an ongoing collection of stories and poetry at
Caitlin in tulips1:00 – 3:00pm
Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson
A Fine Balance: Narrative Poetry
A poem that tells a story and remains a poem is a wonderful thing. So often narrative poems tilt in one direction or another, either being too much a poem or too much a story. This workshop is focused on reading, writing, and editing poems that contain this balance.

The workshop will be focusing on craft, narrative ideas, and poem generation. We will read a number of poems from poets such as W.H. Auden and Sharon Olds to help inspire us, and to instill a sense of balance in our work. Participants should bring a narrative poem they themselves have written, as well as paper and a pen.

Caitlin Thomsonreceived an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught creative writing at Berkley College in Manhattan and at Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared in numerous places, including: The Literary Review of Canada, Going Down Swinging, The Liner, Green Briar Review, The Alarmist, and the anthology Killer Verse. Her second chapbook, Incident Reports, was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2014. You can learn more about her writing at

Workshops are held on the lower level of the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Register by sending an email to indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

uncommon and recommended

October 16, 2014

Ann Hamilton - the common SENSE

The Henry Art Gallery, on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, is currently exhibiting the common SENSE, a museum-wide show of newly commissioned works by American artist Ann Hamilton.

Drawing upon her study of holdings in major collections around the University, Hamilton explores the common sense, touch, combining images and objects from those collections with “sound, voice, printed texts, and the movement of air” as well as, on occasion, live reading and singing. The exhibition, which runs through April 26, 2015, will evolve as visitors take offered images and contribute text to the changing artscape.

In addition to exploring the exhibit (it could take more than one visit to take in the entire thing), you are invited “to submit text fragments from published literature on the subject of touch” to the Readers Reading Readers — A Commonplace tumblr site and/or to become a reader/scribe in the galleries, reading out loud while transcribing selections of text from a project book.

Go see the common SENSE.

writing peace

October 15, 2014

World Peace Poets

World Peace Poets invites “Poets and Writers of the Northwest” to submit up to three poems (maximum two 8-1/2″ x 11″ pages) or a short essay (maximum 200 words) for a Peace Chapbook.

Volunteer editors from Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater will select materials for inclusion and writers whose work is chosen will be asked to make a contribution toward the first printing of 200 books ($4 to $40 based on ability to pay and the cost of the book).

Send submissions to by the deadline, November 15, 2014.

on poetry

October 14, 2014

Katha Pollitt“Nobody is truly indifferent to the ideas in a poem, and to say that you should be indifferent is really to say that poetry is a decorative art, it’s contentless, it’s like making lace or a quilt.”
Katha Pollitt
(b. October 14, 1949)
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