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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 December: Robert McNamara


Robert McNamara (1950 -   ) has published three collections of poetry, most recently Incomplete Strangers (Lost Horse Press, 2014). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Commission. For more than a decade, he served as editor and publisher of L'Epervier Press. He teaches at the University of Washington.

 Saturdays With My Father At The Museum Of Natural History



Even as bones they were sublime, the sky-

scraping brachyo- and brontosauri,

tree-boned haunches, handfuls of arm-length claws,

T. rex with teeth uncountable as stars.

In my mind, fleshed, they ripped and gnawed.

Crossing Central Park at dusk, I'd see

the giants grazing still, the swaying treetops

hiding some great nibbling head, and hear

them in the ground-juddering thunder

as our subway shot like progress from the dark.

Then swallowed us, like some great whale or ark.