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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Two days of wall-to-wall poetry!

Actually, it's a three day poetry extravaganza sponsored by world famous Wave Books, but I can only go tomorrow and Saturday; Sunday I'm taking care of rescued horses.

There will be films about poets and poetry, readings by poets, art exhibitions related to poetry, poetry book discounts, book signings and a book arts presentation (including rare books) at Seattle's Henry Art Gallery on the University of Washington campus.

There are still some tickets available - I got mine at Open Books in Wallingford (Seattle neighborhood), a fantastic store devoted completely to poetry. I love this store - it has a terrific inventory, including rare and first editions - and has that perfect poetry "vibe."

That means it's accessible to everyone, no airs or snooty folks to be found - just people who love words and language and poetry and the folks who create them; people who work there are all about helping you with whatever you need or need to know. If you visit, tell John I say howdy.

I got a couple of a a milne poetry books for my niece there. I'm going to record me reading them aloud - giving her the books to follow my spoken words until she can read them on her own - she's only 16 months old.

Milne's the guy who wrote Winnie the Pooh; he also wrote many books of whimsical poetry for youngsters. In a way, he's the British Dr. Seuss, only he lived decades before America's Doc.

Renowned novelist Ray Bradbury says all writers should read poetry every night before going to sleep. I agree.

Should be a very fun, illuminating, thoughtful and inspirational two days.

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  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger The Entertainment Corner said…

    Love Winnie the Pooh!! One of my absolute favorite childhood characters.

    That's very admirable that you're taking care of rescued horses.

    Hope the poetry extravaganza was enjoyable :)


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