Publications notices & news from Rayn Roberts

Hello Poets & Poetry Lovers,

I thought I’d share something that makes most poets happy. Several of my poems were accepted for publication recently, “Clear Water” & “After the Pulse Murders 2016” will appear in Seattle’s Raven Chronicles Anthology, “Take a Stand: Art Against Hate” out this fall. The Seattle Star published two poems adding to several already there. “Last Oracle Over the Sea” will appear in the CAPS / Calling All Poets Series Anthologyout of New Paltz , New York & “Eagle Bowl” was accepted by the Seattle journal “Chrysanthemum” edited by Koon Woon.  Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna took “The Bubble of Seattle” for her Poetry Grid. I’m honored to be included in that.  It’s @

http//:washingtonpoeticroutes.com 

I hope enjoy some of them. Keep in touch as the year progresses.

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 Green Lake Public Library Readings

You are invited to the PoetsWest Green Lake Public Library for the monthly reading: 4-5:30 pm the every second Saturday 
David Post is the host for the reading. 

Always an Open Mic

 

2020

Sat Jan 11, 2020—Filled—Lyn Coffin—Griffith Williams—

Sat Feb 08, 2020—Filled—Rajaa Gharbi—Bruce Taylor

Sat Mar 14, 2020— Sat Mar 14, 2020—Filled—Oliver Amatist—Robinson Bolkum–CANCELLED at Library’s request due to CoVid-19 threat.

Sat Apr 11, 2020——Rayn Roberts—Kevin O’Conner  CANCELLED at Library’s request due to CoVid-19 threat.

Sat May 09, 2020— Filled—Michael Dylan Welch— Jayne Marek

Sat Jun 13, 2020—Filled—Michael Magee-Bill Mclaughlin

Sat Jul 11, 2020—Filled—Oliver Amatist—Bethany Reid

Sat Aug 08, 2020—Filled—Sally Hedges-Blanquez—Cathy Ross

Sat Sep 12, 2020—Filled—David Horowitz—J. Glenn Evans

Sat Oct 10, 2020—Filled—Cat Kigerl—Gerry McFarland—

Sat Nov 14, 2020—Filled—Francine Walls—Sharon Cumberland

Sat Dec 12, 2020—Filled—Robinson Bolkum—Susan Landgraf

 

2021

Sat Jan 09, 2021– 1 Left — Mike Dillon

Sat Feb 13, 2021 — 2 Left 

Sat Mar 13, 2021 Filled — Francine Walls — Jayne Marek

Sat Apr 10, 2021–Filled PONGO Reading

 

 

Past Readings

2019

 

Sat Jan 12, 2019—Chris Buckley—Lola Peters

Sat Feb 09, 2019—Library Closed: Snow Storm

Sat Mar 09, 2019—Tara Hardy—Mike Hickey– Kendra Steel

Sat Apr 13, 2019—Cathy Ross—Chad Sokolovsky

Sat May 11, 2019—Melanie Reed— Benjamin Schmitt

Sat Jun 08, 2019—David Post—Terry Busch

Sat Jul 13, 2019—- ALL OPEN  MIC!!

Sat Sep 14, 2019—Lyn Coffin & Tom Brush

Sat Oct 2019 12th — David Horowitz &  Francine Wall

Sat Nov 9, 2019 — All PONGO Poetry (At Risk Youth & Allies)

Sat Dec 14, 2019  —  Bill Carty —  Michael Magee

 

2018

 

March 10, 2018—Sierra Golden—Shankar Narayan

Sat April 14— Griffith Williams— Francine Walls.

Sat May 12, 2018—David Horowitz—Jayne Marek

Sat Jun 09, 2018—Cat Kigerl—Bruce Taylor

Sat Jul 14, 2018—Colin Corpe—Glenna Cook

Sat Aug 11, 2018—Kilam Tel Aviv—Art Gomez

Sat Sep 08, 2018—Cheryl Latif—Mary Crane

Sat Oct 13, 2018—Claudia Castro Luna, WA. State Poet Laureate

Sat Nov 10, 2018— Steph Ann Best— Sibyl James

Sat Dec 08, 2018—Clem Starck    (Happy Holidays!)

 

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Rayn Roberts

What the Cicadas Are Saying

There’s a method in the music, the buzz
Filling the trees, a sizzle, a scream
The clicking and the ringing of cicadas.

Where some leave off, others pick up
The cantos of love, a hum like a dream
That is all of summer and seventeen years:

“Here, here, I’m the one, I’m the best,
Here, here, I’m the one, forget the rest!”
It’s an old serenade, it does not let up,

It defends, drives off birds that come
To make an easy meal of them, it assails
Fox, wasp, raccoon, boy with butterfly net–

In the end, all the songs whirl into oblivion.
Their bodies wash into rain-gutter and trail
Dried up, cried-out shells of what they were.

Other singers rise in a coffee shop in town
Worn thin by years of blinding night labor
Soul-broken, lost, jubilant, newly in love

Sick of love, but madly in love with sound
Looking to bend an ear, the poets file in.
Autumn and an open mic are about to begin.

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Note: Depending on the species, cicadas live underground for 17 or 21 years. They emerge for one summer to mate. Males sing, females do not.
They listen & select the loudest singers.
This poem is a slight re-vision of the first in Jazz Cocktails & Soapbox Songs.