Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Solstice

Riff to Summer Solstice from Point Hudson Jetty

Sometimes the pack of yellow dogs you see is not coyote,
merely a trio of black-tailed deer marooned in pale light.

Gaunt one looks me in the eye, hesitates, then scavenges
low tide scrabble kelp, tattered magenta, while two does
stand aloof, in the margins of a dream.

Aloft, fake hollow owls perch mizzenmasts of yawls
moored in the cove, rigged for Glacier Bay, the Bering Sea,
the deep, measured in fathoms, orange survival suits.

Even local cormorants hitchhike dinghies towed by beamy
oak ketches, the Cascade mountain chain, scissor-cut,
like the first time we sail the Sound, close-haul, starboard tack,

squall beating down our coordinates, salt air frizzled like splayed
rind of tangerine, and the pomegranate
for Rosh Hashanah, my friend, Wendy, gave to me,

meaning, precious the New Year—bitter seed to stain the tongue,
plum pink, hue of the emissions plume
over the cardboard box factory, south of town, like the tint

of diesel fumes from the Foss tug as she putt-putts the Strait,
Anacortes-bound—the otter by the pier, pewter in morn’s
first glint—see her?—carbon dioxide exhalation rising, quicksilver,

to the chime of the halyard cleat, bleat of the buoy bell—the Bay
a vat of crimson; and East, backlit wings of doves.

Denise Calvetti Michaels, first published by Crosscurrents, 2012, the Washington Community College Humanities Association Literary Arts Journal

Friday, June 14, 2013

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

EDGE Reading at Elliott Bay Bookstore

Please attend the reading for participants enrolled in the 2011 EDGE Professional Development Program for Writers scheduled for Saturday afternoon, March 26th, at Elliott Bay Bookstore.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jack Straw Writers Program

I'm thrilled to be one of 12 writers chosen for the 2010 Jack Straw Writers Program. Already I arranged my schedule to devote time and space to my project daily--and it's delightful to have the structure of deadlines, workshops and a curator who believes in the potential of my work, as well as the other writers.
The project will challenge me and for this I'm grateful.

Friday, October 24, 2008

October 24, 2008

Haven't written since August....but received email request to link to

Monday, August 4, 2008

American Sentences: August 4, 2008

Monday morning post-its: e-mail Zach/new users add printer/dream

project--Seattle campus/complete in-kind report by late August/

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Poem of the Week: If You See a Fairy RIng, from Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare

If you see a fairy ring
In a field of grass,
Very lightly step around,
Tiptoe as you pass;
Last night fairies frolicked there,
And they're sleeping somewhere near.
If you see a tiny fay
Lying fast asleep,
Shut your eyes and run away,
Do not stay or peep;
And be sure you never tell,
Or you'll break a fairy spell.