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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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Jan. 9th, 2015

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

Feature for January: Patty Kinney


Patty Kinney’s

Nominated for a 2014 Pushcart for “How To Talk To Your Schizophrenic Child,” Kinney’s work appears in The Sun, The Crab Creek Review, The Floating Bridge Review, University of Iowa’s Examined Life Journal and others. Patty embraces the yellow ranunculus and holds an MFA from Antioch, Los Angeles. She recently completed the full-length collection, Fertility Is A Found Object.





Dead Boutonniere

Faceless girl in Matisse painting

how much do you pay that therapist

to torque your loathsome core, dip ladle

deep into tureen, figure out why those

plums in the bowl never ripened?

Life hinges on her brain bearing an

ambiguous leak.  She is just something

with legs, a table perhaps, covered by

faded cloth, crumbs brushed to the side

melodrama of benign invalid much too

close to vase of peonies where she

pours her pills, a dank meal for a dead

boutonniere stuck to the hem of her

dress, waiting for the one who wore it

while drowning in primary colors.













Copyright Patty Kinney 2013