attention fishers — The Poetry Department . . . aka The Boynton Blog

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay will return on Saturday, September 21, 2019, as part of SeaFeast. This year’s program, in addition to poetry, stories, and spoken-word performance, will include maritime films. The organizers are currently accepting submissions for both the film portion (deadline July 31) and the poetry portion (deadline August 15). If you are at home on the […]

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Last Friday of the Month, join us

19396963_10154852543582956_7501151284924251626_nSouth Whatcom Library                   Third Friday of the month, 1:00-3:00 p.m.   Bring your quill or computer, leave the Inner Critic at home under the bed counting dust bunnies.

For a warm up, look at this picture.  Sense the feel and begin to walk down this road.  What do you see, hear, taste, remember, touch, and smell.  Write for ten minutes without stopping and see where you are.

Serenity for Solstice

The days roll out from the sun, melting away memories of winter and spring.  Ra invites you find peace and serenity, no matter the season.  We approach the longest day and celebrations gather people to joy.  Gratitude to Kephera, the ancient time keeper, who brings the Sun to us each day.


How Long Does It Take to Create a Chapbook?

Not much of a title because there is no answer.  You just notice it is almost two years since your last chapbook.  Five ideas are buried on your laptop, five chapbooks waiting patiently for focus.  So, you decide to ignore them a bit longer.

No, I am not suffering from writer’s block–or chapbook completion.  OK, maybe a bit of the latter.  Some recent turn of the moon opened my eyes, or my mind.  A mini-chapbook.  Perfect summer project.  Have I mentioned my summer challenges lately?  It boils down to sun and heat.   I need to talk to my publisher.  That might be first.

Instead, I decide the cover art should be first.  (Wait until you see the awesome cover art for “Chaos & Peace”, coming soon after I complete this project.  “Soon” being one of those undefinable words that floats forward, allowing breathing time.)

The chapbook is “Blonde Noir”, a single poem I wrote in 2013 and have revised and performed and edited and played with.  More about the poem later.  My focus is on the cover art.  Here are some of the rejected pieces I’ve drawn lately.

thumbnailYes, she’s scared. 1940s-ish.  But she’s more complex than that.

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Perhaps she’s conning or cunning.  Breathless and afraid.

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She does wear pearls but she is not this self assured.

Stay tuned.  I may actually tell you how long a chapbook takes by summer’s end.

C.J. Prince

Greetings, Night People

Playing with wordpress and never able to get it all together, like single space.  Perhaps direct writing does it.  Did it?

I haven’t seen the moon for a few nights but I know the slugs are having a party.  The sweet mist that tends the garden settles my daylight brain.

What are you getting ready for?  I’m getting ready to write more poetry, to organize poetry for publication and maybe do the dishes.

For the nonce, the dog wants a sniff at the night air while I see if the clouds part to find  the big dipper.

Join us at Peace Arch Park

World Tai Chi Day 2019

April 27 @ 9:15 am – 12:00 pm


World Tai Chi Day takes place on the last Saturday of April every year. From 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on this day, people in all time zones around the world practice Tai Chi; so that, for every hour of the day, the earth is encircled by positive energy.

Tai Chi is a form of martial arts that focuses on moving the body mindfully. The meditative movements help improve physical, mental, and emotional health. The slow movements and matching breathing techniques help internal energy to flow more smoothly throughout the body.

This year, Peace Arch Tai Chi is holding a practice at Peace Arch Park in celebration of World Tai Chi Day. Peace Arch Tai Chi is a collaborative effort between Tai Chi enthusiasts from both sides of the border to use Tai Chi to create and build friendship amongst all people, regardless of age, race, creed, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference.”

CJ Prince of Bellingham, WA, Kelly Hong-Williams of Surrey, BC, and Annie Wright, a high school senior at Blaine High School, are co-organizing the practice. Annie has been working tirelessly on this event for her Senior Project. “We wanted somewhere that was accessible to both our Canadian friends as well as our State side friends, and at Peace Arch Park, everyone can come and enjoy the day without having to cross the border.”

The event starts at 9:15a.m., in Heritage Hall, and will go through noon, but there is no pressure to show up on time or stay the whole length. We would like everyone to come join us for some Tai Chi for Arthritis, Yang Style Tai Chi, and Ba Duan Jin Qigong. All levels of experience are welcome! There will also be a performance of Kung Fu Fan while you enjoy tea and treats.

Annie Wright chose to co-organize and co-host World Tai Chi Day 2019 as “to promote awareness of Asian culture and to show the significance of a healthy mental and physical state,” as stated in her Letter of Intent in October. We would all like this to be a success, especially as a send-off to Annie.


April 27
9:15 am – 12:00 pm
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