Had a GREAT TIME at the Skagit River Poetry Fest. The weather was terrific: hot, sunny, blue. Thanks to Sam Green and Molly McNulty and all the volunteers and staff: you really put together a wonderful weekend.
Some highlights (for me):
- Driving up with KF and having cocktails and calamari out on the deck overlooking the Swinomish Channel, right after check in.
-The lovely guesthouse off Snee-Oosh on Fidalgo Island (Thank you to L and M Pepper!).
-Jane Hirshfield's opening night reading.
-Dinner at Nell Thorn with Kathleen Flenniken and Elizabeth Austin and Robert Wrigley; RW is a hoot ("remember" the W is silent . . . hehehe).
-Doing the sensory-lyric exercise with 8th graders at the Middle School.
-Participating in the Poetry and Science panel with Pattiann Rogers.
-Moderating the Poetry as Healing & Poetry as Medicine panels with Bryan Patrick Miller, Gloria Burgess, and Tom Crawford. The audience seemed totally with us for each session, and asked great questions, and responded so deeply. Wow.
-Dinner at Kerstin's with a large group of poets and friends.
-Poetry and "Private Feelings" (whoa-whoa-whoa feeeelings . . . . hehehehe) with Michael Spence and Gloria B. (this panel stirred some controversy!)
-Reading with David Wagoner and David Mason for Narrative Poetry.
-Tony Curtis' hysterically funny Irish Em-Ceeing job for the featured readings: that guy is a leprecaun and totally off-the-hook!
-All the folks at Second Chapter Books: you rock! Thank you for having all our books available and displayed so nicely for the entire festival.
-Paul Horiuchi's art at MONA. It was an incredibly moving retrospective of his life's work, with this amazing final collage: a four panel folding screen, with his trademark blocks of colored paper and calligraphy arrayed, plus two small photographs (the first time he ever used phtos in his work): one of a open doorway, one of a coat and a hat left hanging on a coatrack. His good-bye.
Good to be home. Dean and I went to the plant sale at Bradner and got a few heirloom tomatoes and some huchera for the garden. Dinner out with friends tonight. And then back to the working week.