Posts by: Jeannine Hall Gailey

The 6.5 Habits of Moderately Successful Poets

“The 6.5 Habits of Moderately Successful Poets,” by Jeffrey Skinner

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You might be forgiven if, like a kid looking through the newspaper for comic strips, you return to this book only to enjoy the humorous lists, tables, and other extras that punctuate the text. Like “The Periodic Table of Poetic Elements” and its listing for “Glückium – the thinnest, sharpest element…” or the “Top Ten Complaints of Poets” (“#7: Guy I went to school with has yet another poem in The New Yorker.”)

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Plume, by Kathleen Flenniken

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Newly appointed Washington State Poet Laureate, Kathleen Flenniken, recently released a second book called Plume, part of the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series of University of Washington Press. I will admit, as a reviewer I was fascinated by the idea of the book before I even read it, because Flenniken, like me, studied science before poetry; her father, like mine, worked at a nuclear site – hers at Hanford, mine at Oak Ridge National Labs; and her childhood, like mine, was spent in a small town supported almost solely by the dollars brought in by said nuclear site.

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