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Barnett, Wright to perform at Auburn's Poetry at The Station Bistro
Poetry at The Station Bistro presents the works of Woodinville poet, photographer and bicyclist Peggy Barnett on Monday, Sept. 2. The program also welcomes Seattle poet, Zumba enthusiast and world traveler Carolyne Wright.
The program is from 7-9 p.m. at the Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, No. 125, one block south of West Main Street, on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center.
Coffee and conversation follow readings. It is an open mic opportunity. The public is invited.
About the poets
Having lived all her life in New York City, where she and her husband made a considerable impact as industrial design photographers, at age 60, Barnett moved herself, studio, house and husband across country to Woodinville, exchanging life in the Big Apple for life on the quiet side.
In recent years, she's added to her seductive shots of perfume bottles, industrial fittings, bathroom fixtures and the like, a new subject: "visual haiku" – the zen-like moods of a nonexistent place she calls Snohomish Pond. Thickets of birch trunks, "found" arrangements of autumn leaves, frost-rimed grass, reeds reflected in cobalt waters ....
"My photographs are a window into a passing moment," Barnett explains in a comment on Ellen Shapiro's blog, Southern Exposure. "They are meant to draw the viewer in and engage them in a detailed observation of place and time."
See for yourself, online at www.prbarnett.com.
Her poems are a lot like that, too – windows into passing moments. In recent years, Barnett has turned her capable hand to poetry, producing award-winning verses on every conceivable subject, including her experiences with landscape, and yet another relatively new-found skill: bicycling. Here is a woman of lively sophistication, tooling on two wheels along the road of her life, looking at everything; finding fury, wry humor, and moments of tenderness.
Wright has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is "Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene" (Turning Point, 2011), featuring the postmodern alter-ego and shadow agitator, Eulene.
Previous books include "A Change of Maps" (Lost Horse Press), nominated for the LA Times Book Awards and winner of the IPPY Bronze Award; and "Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire" (Carnegie Mellon U Press/EWU Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award.
A poem of hers appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010).
Wright is a contributing editor for the Pushcart Prizes; and a senior editor for Lost Horse Press, for which she is editing an anthology of poems on women and work,
LINKS: Presented by The Station Bistro: www.auburnstationbistro.com
Northwest Renaissance, and Auburn Striped Water Poets.