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Distinguished Writer Series

Presented by the City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Connection

The goal of our readings is to bring poets of import to Tacoma

 to help local poets learn and set goals for their own works.

 We also provide a showcase for local poets to share their new work.  All venues are free, physically accessible, and open to the public.

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April 10th, Friday at 7:oo p.m.

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

Feature for April: Peggy Barnett

Peggy Barnett was born in 1945 and grew up in Queens, New York in the 1950’s. She graduated from  The Cooper Union with a degree in Fine Art. She opened a studio in NYC in 1968 and was a photographer for 45 years. In 2006 she moved to Woodinville, WA. Her poetic memoirs dwell on the specifics of unending change.




The Longest Word

It was in the school yard of PS 89, Queens, in 1955

that I first heard the longest word

of my life:


Ralph Hammelbacher said it fastest:


and we each repeated it ourselves

amazed at our brilliance,

at our ability to so conquer the English language.


we whipped out the word

while sitting at the soda parlor counter

the jukebox playing Bing Crosby singing

“Would you like to swing on a star?”

as we ate the scrumptious banana splits

Mr. Wolke concocted

out of his homemade ice cream

the secret recipe for which he

bought with him from Vienna

after the War.

He never put his bananas in the refrigerator

“No, no, no no, no, no, no”.

They melted, sweet and ripe

under the vanilla scented whipped cream.

I rolled it out again quickly

trippingly on my tongue


But it wasn’t bigger than the

word we had learned yesterday in science:


That word was really scary, because it was

followed by the small word: