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All Levels | The mother as a totemic figure, and the complexity of the mother/child relationship, is the focus of several of Laura Jensen’s and James Tate’s fine poems, often to devastating effect. Melancholic, affectionate, blistering, and loving, their poems transmit an undeniable power and grace. In this class we’ll read these poems for pleasure and discussion and as inspiration and guidance for our own writing.
J.W. Marshall founded and ran Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in Seattle, from 1995 until 2016. His poetry has appeared most recently in the webzine A Dozen Nothing and in Poetry Northwest and Hubbub. Seattle Review of Books published his appreciation of the poet Lucia Perillo. His collection, Meaning a Cloud, won the Field Poetry Prize and his chapbook, Blue Mouth, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Seattle University. He is the publisher of letterset broadsides for Function Press and letterset chapbooks for Cash Machine.