Distinguished Writer Series
Presented by the City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
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to help local poets learn and set goals for their own works.
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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: