Books & Talks

5 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Get your verse on with Billy Collins, Henry Rollins and that guy named Neruda.

By Allison Williams April 4, 2011

Got a problem with poetry? Yeah, Henry Rollins didn’t think so.

Throw on your beanie, beatnik, it’s National Poetry Month. Here are a few choice offerings from around the city:

—Standouts from Port Townsend’s Copper Canyon Press come to Town Hall on Tuesday, April 5 for Always Beginning: A National Poetry Month Reading. The event, featuring Chris Abani, Chase Twichell, Lucia Perillo, and Jean Valentine, benefits the nonprofit publisher; tickets are $25.

—If anyone dares doubt that verse can be masculine, Henry Rollins will beat some spoken-word knowledge into their skull at the Triple Door. Hear the former Black Flag frontman on Wednesday, April 6; tickets are $35.

Billy Collins is that rarest of birds—a poet making a good living off his work. The former U.S. Poet Laureate is back for his second Seattle engagement in five months, this time reading from his brand-new collection of poems at Elliott Bay Books on Wednesday, April 6. This event is free.

—Bring your own genius-level work to the Green Lake Branch of the Seattle Public Library on Saturday, April 9; Copper Canyon cofounder William O’Daly will warm up the crowd with a Pablo Neruda reading (his translation) at 4pm, followed by an open-mic session. Don’t worry, everyone pales next to Neruda.

—No time for live poetry? Stop playing Angry Birds and download the National Poetry Month’s official app, which will deliver some daily culture to your iPhone.

Also this week: Back in 2007, Jackson Holtz had the Barefoot Bandit beat, tracking the movements of Colton Harris-Moore across Washington for the Everett Herald. Hear him discuss his book Fly, Colton, Fly: The True Story of the Barefoot Bandit at Elliott Bay Books on Tuesday, April 5. Earlier that day at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Jacqueline Winspear signs her eighth installment in the Maisie Dobbs series, about a post-WWI private investigator, at noon.

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