Seattle Readings Colorcast
The last couple of weeks have been pretty awesome for Seattle poetry. Multi-poet events such as the City Arts Lit Crawl and the Greenwood Lit Crawl brought dozens upon dozens of poetry fans out despite inclement weather and readings and performances by Jaap Blonk and D. A. Powell were complimented by a book launch for Jaded Ibis author Elizabeth J. Colen. Coldfront and Coldfront sympathizers were on the scene at the events and we have, as evidence, highlights from some of the events.
The City Arts Lit Crawl: Zachary Schomburg
Spectators and poets filled the streets to hear 60 poets and fiction writers read at 17 venues around the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. Different literary arts programmers curated “legs” of the festival and APRIL, a poetry organization that runs the APRIL Festival, was one of them. One of the highlights of APRIL’s readings was Zachary Schomburg at The Comet Tavern:
D.A. Powell for Open Books “Open Elsewhere”
Seattleites had a chance to catch poet D.A. Powell performing (unplugged!) in a former chapel on the fourth floor of the Good Shepherd Center. As Open Books co-owner Christine Deavel introduced Powell, she pointed to the building’s history of housing “the fallen, the troubled, the incorrigible, the wayward” as a perfect setting for Powell’s poetry.
Powell read from his new collection, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2012) and introduced a panorama of swamp coolers and hailstorms, sex in the coyote brush and “horrible missteps with fucked up chums.” Powell spoke of wanting to do with words what landscape artists do with paint, and his portraits of California’s Central Valley offered a place where people might find “each other / like lightning bugs, despite the pesticides.”
Because of the sound malfunction, we couldn’t get a video during the reading. Powell, however, graciously accepted our request for a Coldfront-only session:
Jaap Blonk at Northwest Film Forum
–Bill Carty & Crystal Curry
Blonk video courtesy Greg Bem’s Stale Attitude