Edward Harkness & Bethany Reid
Two excellent, seasoned Seattle-area poets read here this evening, from new and recent work. Edward Harkness, recently retired from a thirty-year teaching career at Shoreline College, visits with his third full-length collection, The Law of the Unforeseen (Pleasure Boat Studio).
“Suffused with tenderness for the earth and its fragile creatures, The Law of the Unforeseen contains poems - lyrical, sensual, often comic, sometimes savagely funny - that ride a current of melancholy, a certainty of loss that deepens the vitality Harkness brings to the page. This is a rich, generous-hearted collection, a moving testament by a man of passionate conscience.” - Anne Pitkin.
Bethany Reid’s debut collection of poems, Sparrow, received the 2012 Gell Poetry Prize. She is here this evening with her second collection of poems, Body My House (Goldfish Press). She has published widely in journals, including Cairn, Calyx, Pontoon, and Prairie Schooner.