Tanya, Southeast Portland
I’m reading The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Introducing Readers of Rose City, inspired by the humans over at Humans of New York and Humans of Portland. Us Grovers are going around town, snapping a pic, and asking our fellow Portland-dwellers what they’re reading.
Kelsey, Northeast Portland
Laila, Grove Review Intern
Few Portlanders consider the Lan Su Chinese Gardens to be a literary destination, but the garden represents a sanctuary for the scholar of arts, including the disciplines of music, painting, calligraphy and poetry. Throughout the garden you will find delicately scribed Chinese couplets written on columns with meanings that reflect the physical beauty the garden holds.
Chinese is a language that lends itself to wordplay. According to one of the garden’s many dedicated volunteers, the mark of true intelligence and control over the language is to achieve mastery at what is now known as “couplet capping.” This game is comprised of reciting specific couplets, in turn with others, that include the same number of characters, syllables, and logic of the introductory couplet.
Poetry and story inhabit every building and section at Lan Su. This year, to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Horse, there will be two “Scholar’s Art & Poetry” days committed to acknowledging the garden’s connection to communal and individual creation. Among several weeks of celebration that have already begun, Wednesday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 12th will focus on art. Here is a listing of the events on those specific days (included with price of admission):
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Calligraphy & Brush Painting Demonstration
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Seal Carving Demonstration
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Make Your Own Calligraphy Art Card
12 – 2:30 p.m. Music in the Teahouse
1:30 p.m. Poetry Reading with Daniel Skach-Mills
3 p.m. Poetry Tour of Lan Su
Whether the year of the Horse is your year or not, take advantage of the communal, social gatherings that fuel those born in this year. Thanks to the rain, the gardens continue to be green and lush with peaceful waters and paths. It will be a year full of friends, communication, and success. Happy New Year!
Laila, Grove Review Intern
One of Oregon’s most celebrated poets, William Stafford, died the year I was born. At six months old I did not witness his travels through the darkness and the gray, through the damp northwest trees to the heavenly gates above the mountains. But, through his many books of poetry, presented and prompted by Friends of William Stafford and Lewis and Clark College in SW Portland where he taught, all that is now available to me. Now I can understand and cherish his work.
For the past 20 years Stafford’s January 17th birthday has been celebrated in all parts of the state of Oregon. This month and next are crammed with dozens of events for his centennial anniversary. Libraries, colleges, bookstores, and coffee shops are honoring his contribution to the poetry world and Pacific Northwest culture. Events in the Portland area include the following: Centennial Event and Book Launch, January 19th 4:00-6:00 PM at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, a Birthday Celebration January 26th 1:30-3:30 PM at the Multnomah Central Library, and a tribute to William Stafford at the Newmark Theater presented by Lewis & Clark College and Literary and Arts February 7th 7:30-9:00 PM featuring Li-Young Lee, Ted Kooser, Kim Stafford, and Paulann Petersen.
Stafford was a collector of details according to a colleague, Robert Bly, and believed that each one was an individual end of a thread. Like William Blake said, the group of these golden threads will “lead you in at Heaven’s gate.” Thanks to these organizations and memorial events the Northwest community can take time to rediscover William Stafford and acknowledge his immense work of collected threads.
[Check out stafford100.org and www.lclark.edu for listings]
Dorothy Stafford, beloved member of Portland’s literary community, passed away earlier this month. A lovely article about her life can be accessed via The Oregonian. Our Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, has these words to add:
There is a memorial service for Dorothy Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm. All are invited to the Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis & Clark College to celebrate her life.
We are thrilled to announce our online submission period is now open! It’s never been easier to submit your fiction, poetry, and visual art to The Grove
To celebrate the life and words of Seamus Heaney, listen to him read one of his poems below
Seattle Public Library kicked off Summer Reading with the World’s Longest Book Domino Chain.