Book Notes On: The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs by Frances McCue

Hardcover, 266 pagesFrom University of Washington March 2010ISBN: 9780295989648 The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs is a tour of the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of Richard Hugo’s poems. If you don’t know who Richard Hugo is, you are missing out. Born in White Center, Washington and buried in Missoula, Montana, Hugo’s poetry […]

Boot Polish and the Ballad: Poetry by the Palouse Country Cowboy Poets

Last night I drove from my new home in Moscow, Idaho to a small town called Uniontown, WA.  Early in the last century, Uniontown was still booming with river transport along the Snake River and the pre-industrialization of farming.  Today, Uniontown is still at farming community, but its population is down to about 1200 souls. […]

Let’s Dish: An Interview with Poet Dustin Brookshire

Dustin Brookshire is a Dolly fanatic, activist, and Pushcart Prize nominated poet. Dustin’s work has won awards from state poetry societies and been published in Blue Fifth Review, Oranges & Sardines, Shape of a Box, OCHO, Ducts, Qarrtiluni, Ouroboros Review, and other publications. Feel free to stalk him on the web at http://www.dustinbrookshire.com/. Jory Mickelson: […]

You Sank My Prose Poem! A Word About Revision

I spent a good deal of time last week revising poems. Perhaps by some strange alignment of the stars, I’ve been locked into writing prose poems for most of the year. I have even gone back to some older poems, which draped across the page and turned them into blocky-talkie prose poems. What started out […]

Writing a Poem a Day or Setting Up a Writing Practice

During the month of April many websites and organizations challenge poets to write a poem a day. Thirty days hath September, April… so thirty poems hath the poet. In an ideal world there would be no cheating or doubling up. A poet, never suffering from a hangover; all night romantic trysts; a twelve-hour shift at […]

April is National Poetry Month

 April is also National Poetry Month. If you are like the average American, you’re able to shrug it off pretty well. You might even complain that there seems to be an awful lot of verse on NPR lately. If you hunker down, it will all be over in thirty days. But this month, I want […]