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From Rachel of STL SPEX: My hometown (Seattle) is getting hit pretty hard by coronavirus and I’m struggling with the reality that the best thing I can do to help is stay away. I’m finding some comfort in watching the Seattle Aquarium streaming sea otter cam and in poetry, especially short form poems that suit my often-distracted state of mind and help me push the pause button–at least for a few moments.
without you– Josef Albers
Speaking of poetry (and perhaps not calming down), I’m thinking of my two favorite (though “favorite” seems not a strong enough word…) poetry resources in Seattle and wishing them the best as they continue to operate online.
The always-amazing booksellers at Open Books: A Poem Emporium in Seattle sent me a list of poetry recommendations for my friends (based on incredibly vague descriptions I sent them: “Likes abstract art and philosophy. Used to be in a punk band.”). Their list was so carefully considered and smart that it made me cry (and I am not much of a crier).
I got Eileen Myles for myself:
Same goes for Wave Books – Catherine of Wave (who I was honored to cross paths with during my MFA program) says that the best thing anyone can do to help Wave keep on keeping on is to buy books directly from their website.
Reading has always helped me feel that I am not alone.