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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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Feb 13th, Friday at 7:oo p.m.

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

Feature for February: Tim Sherry

 Tim Sherry, a long-time public high school teacher and principal, lives in Tacoma, Washington.  During the last ten years, his work has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Rattle, The Broad River Review, and The Raven Chronicles, among others.  He has been a Pushcart nominee and in 2010 was an Artsmith Artist resident on Orcas Island. His first full-length collection, One of Seven Billion, was published by Moonpath Press in 2014.


Word Game with a Little Boy 

To let him win,

or to play a big word

with five letters and a Q

on a triple word square

is too much ethics to decide—

and I make ON

up in the corner.

We show our left-over letters

and subtract the points.

He beats me by 8,

throws his hands up in the air,

and smiles all the victory

of a little boy

who doesn’t need to learn

so much about losing just yet.

When we are putting the game away,

he looks at me

and asks if I let him win.

Inside the box

there must be a big word to answer;

but I say, No

and he looks at me as if

he is adding up in his head

what just happened.