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The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

June 9th, 2017  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Lana Ayers, Featured Reader

Lana Hechtman Ayers is a poet, publisher, and aspiring novelist.  She enjoys Oregon's bountiful rain and turbulent sea.  Her favorite color is the swirl of Van Gogh's  Starry Night.

Poem from Four quarters: an homage to T.S. Elliot's Four Quarters, by Lana Hechtman Ayers.

Burnt Love


Sun and birdsong have awakened the day,

pale blue skies that wash stars away.

Will the dog lick our faces, will the puss

jump up, into our laps, baby of furn,

nuzzle and purr?


wisps of fresh-brewed coffee curl

up to us? After the shower's massaging spray

has answered skin to skin, and we're clean, unstill.

At the unstill source of this stirring world.