By Juliet Brewster
April is my favorite month. Not only does it mark my debut as a columnist for My Edmonds News (Hello, nice to meet you, it’s a pleasure to be here!), but it also brings the first sunny spring days and floods of poetry to Edmonds. All across the country, people are rediscovering old beloved poems and cracking open brand new volumes of a young poet’s life’s work, so far. I have most recently been immersed in Bob Hicok’s Elegy Owed, a gift from the good people at Copper Canyon Press. These are poems that remind me why I like poetry: they are funny, and scary, and unpredictably wise, like a toddler at a wake or a demon on vacation. I invite you to spend a day with a poem, any poem, this month, to notice things you never thought you thought, and guess what—there are several ways to do that right here in town!
April 18 at The Edmonds Bookshop, David D. Horowitz will be hosting an evening of poetry, featuring Christopher J. Jarmick, Douglas Schuder, Richard Wakefield, and Edmonds resident Bethany Reid. David D. Horowitz founded Rose Alley Press in 1995 to publish books of formal (rhyming or metered) poetry. He published Schuder’s first book To Enter the Stillness in 2000. Christopher J. Jarmick is a poet and spoken word artist and writes the newsletter POETRYisEVERYTHING, chronicling poetry events around the Pacific Northwest. Through the month of April, he is supplying daily prompts for “National Poetry Writing Month” on his blog. The first was an ekphrasis on Hawaiian shirts, and I can only imagine they’ll get weirder…dare ya to try one out! Bethany Reid’s poem “The Apple Orchard” (excerpted below) won Calyx Journal’s Lois Cranston Prize. It is included in her book Sparrow, winner of the 2012 Gell Poetry Prize.
from “The Apple Orchard”
it was a regular whorehouse
of an orchard, the trees
frowsy and bedraggled,
in nightgowns and slippers,
hair tangled, lipstick askew,
straps slipping from their shoulders.
Be sure to stop by The Edmonds Bookshop on your Third Thursday Artwalk (Thursday, April 18, 6:30-8 p.m.) to hear the rest!
Another Edmonds poet, Catherine Seitz Nichols, is participating in a worldwide project for National Poetry Month hosted by the Found Poetry Review, called “Pulitzer Remix.” 85 poets from seven countries will create “found poetry” (like word collages) out of the 85 Pulitzer-winning novels, each poet posting a new poem each day. Catherine is working out of Andersonville, the 1956 novel of the Civil War by MacKinlay Kantor. View her poems at PulitzerRemix.com.
For those of you who prefer performance to the written word: Phoenix Theater’s production of “Office Hours” by Norm Foster, directed by Rick Wright goes up Friday April 5 at 8 p.m. The play connects six separate stories in six separate offices. Characters include an overweight jockey, a desperate movie producer, a gay entertainment lawyer, a Week-at-a-Glance salesman, and a philandering agent. The cast (Laura Hanson, Austin Gregory, Rick Wright, David Bailey, and Melanie Calderwood) promises a wild ride with lots of laughs. The show will run through April 28, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available through brownpapertickets.com or by calling 206-533-2000.
Other arts goings-on in April:
Edmonds’s newest coffee shop, Cafe Louvre will feature free art classes the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. All you need is a pencil and paper!
On April 11, ECA will present The StepCrew, an Ontario dance group that combines Irish Step, traditional tap dancing, and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing. The StepCrew will be accompanied by a red hot five-piece Celtic band featuring the vocals of Alyth McCormack.
Cole Gallery hosts Lori Twiggs now through April 30. Twiggs calls her still-life paintings “a choreographed melody of shapes and colors…eye candy with an air of sophistication.” Meet the artist on Third Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
Gallery North welcomes the Seattle League of Artists with a juried show beginning in April. Look for a feature on the eight artists in my next column. The gallery will host an artist reception the afternoon of Sunday, April 14.
The Edmonds Driftwood Players present the Broadway musical “Godspell” April 12- May 5 Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays.
Embellished is offering all classes in April at the discounted cost of $30! Enjoy a glass of wine while you re-create your very own masterpiece painting.
Check out Andi Shannon’s ephemeral thread scarves at the newly named MaJe Gallery on Main Street
And out of town…
Edmonds painter Darlene Lucas will be showing her paintings downtown in Pioneer Square’s Hanson Scott Gallery in the Tashiro Kaplan Building alongside other members of Artists Connect.