When spring rains cease and school adjourns,
we’ll take an old tin pail and swing it by the bail.
With Peggy-Dog at our heels, we’ll race
through the gate and down the path
to the river bottom pasture, where
cottonwood catkins drift as snow.
We’ll scamper and pick and eat our share
of little wild strawberries, woodland berries,
growing in the sand-covered moss where
beetle-bugs hide, as we dream of baking powder
biscuits piled high with God’s own fruit—
delicate and gritty, smothered in thick new cream.
North Cascade Mountains, Washington
I’ve joined a gaggle of poets to celebrate National Poetry Month at Village Books, Sat., Apr. 23. Yes, it is truly a gaggle, a good ME word from the 15th C. word that rises from cackle, an older ME word still. Here’ we are. Out in front, leading us will be Jim Bertolino.
GROUP POETRY READING WITH VARIOUS LOCAL & REGIONAL AUTHORS IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Start: 04/23/2011 6:00 pm
Come listen to a variety of local and regional authors read their poetry in our Readings Gallery. This event is in celebration of National Poetry Month, and includes 18 poets, so come support their talents! The event line-up includes poets Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Elizabeth Colen, Oliver de la Paz, Susan Erickson, Seren Fargo, Paul Fisher, Carol Guess, Richard Harris, Steve Hood, Malcolm Kenyon, Robert Lashley, Neil McCrea, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Melissa Ann Queen, Tom Schabarum, Charles Van Pelt, and Jeremy Voigt. Village Books is pleased to carry titles by most of these authors. Please call 360-671-2626 for more information, or stop in the store and take a look at our display of local poetry books on the mezzanine level. Or, go to www.villagebooks.com.