Distinguished Poet steps up to the mic

12 Apr
On the second Friday of every month, Puget Sound Poetry Connection hosts the Distinguished Writers Series at which a poet of note reads his or her work. An open mic follows – you can come to listen or contribute. This Friday, Marjorie Rommel takes on the title of Distinguished Poet.

Marjorie Rommel

Marjorie sounds like the kind of person we’re interested in meeting. Just take a look at this bio (courtesy of King’s Bookstore): Marjorie lives in Auburn, 10 blocks from the house she was born to. She has worked as a greasy spoon waitress, camp cook, de facto whistle punk and logging truck driver, newspaper reporter/editor, publicist, university writing instructor, and – briefly – as receptionist for a hypnosis clinic: The kids were hungry.

Her work has appeared in Pontoon, Midwest Poetry Review, Mochila Review, riverbabble, Mr. Cogito, Signal International and other literary magazines, and in several anthologies, including Ghost in the Garden (GodZillah Gospel Press), Voices in the Trees (Jasmine/Evergreen Press 1989), and Jump Start: A Northwest Renaissance Anthology (Steel Toe Books, 2009).

Here’s a sampling of one of Marjorie’s pieces:

The Booming Marsh

The Booming Marsh
is no marsh at all––a wild
meadow where my children
their children & grandchildren flit
like bright birds among mountain
huckleberries, fruit & leaves brilliant
in late summer
––this path is new to me, steep
uncompromising, the children
unseen around & ahead of me; I hear
their shrill laughter––they are very
young again, Anna too: barefoot
toddler in a blue dress
––heedless, they fly above the high
trail that leads across sunlit clearings
to strange martial music: staccato
of seed heads the wind beats
against hollow reeds standing
& fallen
––sound of war
of a hundred dark kettle drums
& beating

Who: Puget Sound Poetry Connection
What: Distinguished Writers Series featuring Marjorie Rommel
When: Friday, April 13, 7 pm
Where: King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma
Info: Admission is FREE! Sign up for open mic at 6:30 pm.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to help support this event through Arts Projects funding.


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