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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 November: Allen Braden


Allen Braden is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood (University of Georgia) and Elegy in the Passive Voice(University of Alaska/Fairbanks).  He has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and, more recently, the College of Arts and Humanities at Central Washington University recognized him as one of its outstanding alumni.  Since 2000, he has taught at Tacoma Community College.


Childhood Wish


Just once come down from the mountains

and rest beside me and let me bury my face

in your chest to breathe in the winter there.

I’ll pick a summer’s worth of ticks

from the scruff of your bushy neck.

I’ll soothe your paws with bee balm

if you will stay. I’ll take a whetstone

to your claws if you would like

and I’ll lock the dogs away in the barn.


Look, I’ve fixed you a drink every night

for years out on the back porch step.

Promise to be with me always

and I’ll swear to feed you by hand

your favorite crickets dipped in molasses

and fat grubs rolled in brown sugar

and saucers of honey and buttermilk

frothing over the lip of the churn

and comb stolen right from the hive.