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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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Nov. 14th

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

Feature for November: Allen Braden


 

Allen Braden is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood (University of Georgia) and Elegy in the Passive Voice(University of Alaska/Fairbanks).  He has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and, more recently, the College of Arts and Humanities at Central Washington University recognized him as one of its outstanding alumni.  Since 2000, he has taught at Tacoma Community College.


 


Childhood Wish


  


Just once come down from the mountains


and rest beside me and let me bury my face


in your chest to breathe in the winter there.


I’ll pick a summer’s worth of ticks


from the scruff of your bushy neck.


I’ll soothe your paws with bee balm


if you will stay. I’ll take a whetstone


to your claws if you would like


and I’ll lock the dogs away in the barn.


 


Look, I’ve fixed you a drink every night


for years out on the back porch step.


Promise to be with me always


and I’ll swear to feed you by hand


your favorite crickets dipped in molasses


and fat grubs rolled in brown sugar


and saucers of honey and buttermilk


frothing over the lip of the churn


and comb stolen right from the hive.


 


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