Welcome to the Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas! Inspired by both the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and fellow features writer Sue Kidd, who’s offering you her own “Twelve Tacoma Foodie Gifts of Christmas” on her TNT Diner blog, I’ve come up with 12 alternative gifts for Christmas: no partridges in pear trees, but something a lot more uniquely local. (See older posts for the other days.)
So here’s Day 9:
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Nine local poets, eight letterpress posters, seven concert tickets, six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery bowls, three CDs, two baby heads and a deck of Tacoma playing cards.
There’s got to be an upside to all this rain and gloom, and here it is: It gives local poets plenty of undistracted time to sit, think and pen lines. And they do. City and community support like the poet laureateship, friendly reading venues, local presses like Exquisite Disarray and local anthologies have encouraged our poets to blossom. If your true love truly loves poetry, then get him or her one of these volumes. And don’t worry, not all of them are about rain.
Kevin Miller’s “The Old Town Poems,” Tammy Robacker’s “The Vicissitudes,” Hans Ostrom’ “The Coast Starlight: Collected Poems,” Allen Braden’s “Elegy in the Passive Voice,” William Kupinse’s “Fallow,” Peter Ludwin’s “Rumors of Fallible Gods,” Richard Wakefield’s “A Vertical Mile,” Jean Musser’s “The Crimson Hat,” and Josie Emmons Turner, Grace Livingstone, and Antonio Edwards Jr. in anthology “In Tahoma’s Shadow.”
All available from around $13 at King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, kingsbookstore.com