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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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Oct. 10th

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

Feature for October, Joseph Green

Joseph Green, reading Oct 12  lives in Longview, Washington, where he and his wife, Marquita, produce limited-edition letterpress poetry broadsides through The Peasandcues Press. He also serves on the board of directors for the C.C. Stern Type Foundry and Museum of Metal Typography. His most recent chapbook is That Thread Still Connecting Us (2012, MoonPath Press).

Someone to Watch Over Me

Months after Granddad died he still hung
around in the hall outside my room,
keeping an eye on me the way he’d always done.

I accused him of spying when he was alive,
when I caught him four or five times a day
easing my door ajar and peering inside.

Get your nose out of my business, I hissed,
and the door sucked shut and he slipped
back down the hall, but then after he was gone

there was no more getting rid of him.
My mother gave all his clothes away,
the pinstriped suits, the hats, the underwear,

and scrubbed the smoke stains out of his room
and sold his bed, his dresser, and his easy chair.
But I could still feel him sneaking up behind me,

distracting me from my algebra,
from the unknowns I had to isolate
among the numbers I couldn’t love,