April Is National Poetry Month!

Dear Friends of Open Books,

Happy National Poetry Month! We’ll be updating our website and sending out a more robust newsletter next week, but we wanted to give you a quick heads up about some of the events we have going on this month:

— Throughout the entire month of April, students and teachers, including K-12 and university level, receive a 15% discount on all new books.

— April 29, Independent Bookstore Day: We’ll feature extended hours, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and serve up poetry-inspired snacks. Click here for more information about how all area indie bookstores are celebrating the day.

— April 27, Poem in Your Pocket Day: We’ll be handing out specially designed pocket poems to visitors of the store. These will feature work from Writers in the Schools poets. We’re also joining with Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna to host a reading at El Centro de la Raza at 1:30 p.m.

— WITS on Display: Broadsides from Writers in the School poets are hanging inside Open Books all month.

— NaPoMo Prompt of the Week: We’re featuring an in-store prompt every Tuesday.

— Friday 5 O’Clock Listening Parties: Every Friday we’ll play recordings of poets reading their work.

— Poetry Mic Check: Throughout the month, we’ll occasionally tweet photos of a book from our shelves; the first person to respond with a photo of the same book from their shelves gets a $5 in-store credit.

— Mount Analogue Display & Reception: We’ll feature a display of erasures in collaboration with local press Mount Analogue starting on April 7. On Sunday, April 9, we’ll host a reception with publisher/founder Colleen Louise Barry and poet and contributor Catherine Bresner.

Also, check out our events page to see the wonderful events we have throughout the month.

More from us soon! Until then, a poem:

From an Old Legend

let’s cut some graftings
from off these trees and
uproot those hedgerows
and hold their foliage go
armed with camouflage as
we approach the castle
hoping they won’t notice
our smirks and winks
our shining eyes maybe
leafsecreted we can plant
quick shrubs and shoots
around its impregnable
walls then waltz away leaving
their fortress enforested

— Bill Knott

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Open Books