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

Cheeky But True

A Poem by Donald J.

I have all the best words
used like no one else
I’m a very stable poet
a genius I confess,
Vlad loves my poetry
translated into Russian
it grabs him by the poesy
got a covert mission,
my newer stuff is best
slam slam, bling blam
make poetry great again…

Losers!

 

Donald Trump, poet

 

 

The Lifeguard

Donald was just beyond the breakers
when I saw him in trouble
struggling to stay above the water,
I was swimming to the rescue
when not a hundred feet
before I reached him, a huge grey fin
parted the water…
 

he went under, the sea turned red, a seal got tossed

up into the air by a great white
that swam away munching–
Donald came up
“Help, help me!”, he cried, “Help!”
the real horror was, I had to think twice.

 

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National Veteran’s Day March 29

The sky the clouds trees reflected in the veteran’s wall
make it seem invisible
as if I could walk though to the other side—

                Names written on air

ascending in light appear to enter where they’re given
dreamless sleep or heaven,
who am I to say where they go beyond the love we give them?

Some people thank the Vet for service to the nation,
I’m home alive, well as ever

Suspicious of trendy sympathy–

Those who do not trust tradition

often know the tragedy

of war

The power and the honor in sedition, that’s another story.

 

 

 

 

Rayn Roberts 2019

Commentary… on World Poetry Day 2019

Commentary

A war of attrition continues with death
a spy walking behind
a sense it follows a breath after the next
a shadow stretching back
to birth a battle cry,
today we win the war we lose tomorrow.

 

One can for a pocket full of policies
lose entire families—
hell is the inability to love.
We inch to the edge endangered species
wanting more than we need
computers phones gold homes cars
more animal than beasts
the corporate czar global leaders
give a harvest of grief
the Killing Fields, Rwanda, Darfur
Bosnia, East Timor,
how many holocausts before they cease—
Hell is an absence of love
in people who bend to hate and greed.

 

Death is the maker of creeds and men
withering away in the end
when hymns of eternal rest and peace
pour out into the air
like smoke over Syria
heaven betrayed by hells we made on earth.

~Rayn Roberts

 

 

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World Poetry Day was declared by UNESCO in 1999. Each year, UNESCO meets and focuses on some particular poet and his or her works. Often, the spotlight is cast on poetry written in a minority or even rare and endangered language. Poetry recitals and similar events may also be held in various countries in recognition of the day.

Schools may have special poetry writing sessions or even contests, poets may be invited to recite their works in local cafes, and exhibits may put famous or new, local written poetic creations on display.

While World Poetry Day is on 21 March, it used to be in October, and some countries still observe it then.

 

6 Poems by Rayn Roberts @ the Seattle Star

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6 Poems by Rayn Roberts / The Seattle Star

Read The Seattle Star

The Seattle Star is a Neutron Bomb

 

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“Look deeply at the big picture beyond revenge to compassion /  We are broken or someday will be, but still beautiful, broken / Kintsugi, it all depends on we put the pieces back together.” ~ from “These boys, These Men” by Rayn Roberts

Buseoksa Moon South Korea

Enough meditation, three a.m. earbuds Dream # 9
reading Merton’s Seven Story Mountain in stillness,
the temple bell shakes the universe, calling monks
to save all beings in hell, a cock crows in darkness.
A half moon spins the stars in a black pool forming
on land in sea the spirit dance unfolding nonetheless.
Do not count the cost, no one, nothing is ever lost.

In fitful sleep I wake to the apple autumn morning
dressing herself in crimson, grey, brown and gold.
There’s a bus to nowhere, somewhere I think home.
I feel the half moon human mind moving to fullness
asking clearly, “Will you stay with the solemn monks
Or return to mad electric nights of paradise in Seoul?”
Sleep walking dreamer that I am, I hesitate, can’t wait

To go back to a circle of friends, lovers I know, my bed
a dream-pond of incarnadine leaves sinking to rest,
the bell is tolling, calling, shaking me awake, I think
but it’s just the glaring city moon tapping on a window.

 

 

Rayn Roberts 2019

 

Rayn Roberts 2019

 

Korean Buddhism
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Buesok Temple
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“Dream #9” is the song by John Lennon

 

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