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The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

Aug 12 , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Bruce Beasley, Featured Reader

If at first you don't succeed...destroy all evidence that you tried.

Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of seven collections of poems including, most recently, Theophobia (BOA, 2012) and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems.  ​He has won fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust; the Colorado Prize for Poetry; the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award competition; and other prizes and awards.

Self-Portrait in Ink



As the gone-




jet-blasts into evasion, vanishing


while its ink-sac spurts

a cloud of defensive


mucus & coagulant

azure-black pigment,



octopus imago in ink, so the shark


gnashes at that blobbed

sepia phantom,



that disperses into black


nebulae & shreds

with each shark-strike


& the escaped

octopus throbs


beyond, see-through

in the see-through water, untouched--:


so, go

little poem, little



& -print, mimicker


& camouflage,

self-getaway, cloud-


scribble, write

out my dissipating


name on the water,

emptied sac of self-illusive ink . . . --Bruce Beasley