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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

exhibitions
December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Julie Strand

Julie Strand is the Education Coordinator at Woodland Pattern Book Center. Her poetry has appeared in Wicked Alice, Arsenic Lobster, WOMB Poetry, Rock Heals (A Narrow House Weekly) and others. In 2008, her poem "Neon Yellow" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her second chapbook, The Mae West Defense, is forthcoming in 2009 from Dancing Girl Press.

Selected Poems

the touching between us


Julie Strand

 

shiny boots shine
into mine water
shiny boots oh boo
for you who walk
and not gurgle not flow
not carry for you
stand on land
you cover and cradle
are fashion and well you shine
walk over here to me
to water walk on me
for my world is wet and yours sturdy
don't make me love you
shine as only one as one
shine shine as a slide in the park
the wind will connect us enough
a window along this bank that peaks us
our moment

okay
let's have more, step in, and color me shiny