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Paul Hansen, Paul Hunter, and Chuck Easton Poetry Reading

  • Pelican Bay Books 520 Commercial Ave Anacortes, WA 98221 USA (map)

Paul Hansen is a painter, poet, and renowned translator of Chinese poetry. He is the author of Rimes of a River Rat and has translated four collections of Chinese poetry: Before Ten Thousand Peaks, The Nine Monks, Lin Hejing: Recluse Poet of Orphan Mountain, Lin Hejing’s Art of Poetry and selections in The Clouds Should Know Me By Now. His translations have also appeared in A Drifting Boat; An Anthology of Chinese Zen Poetry and The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Literature.


Paul Hunter is still not a bad shade tree mechanic.  His poems have appeared in Alaska Fisherman’s Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bloomsbury Review, Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review and many other magazines. His farming poems were reviewed in the New York Times and received the Washington State Book Award. He has been a featured poet on The News Hour, and has a prose book on small-scale, sustainable farming, One Seed to Another. Six of his short stories have been published by Clover, A Literary Rag. His latest book is Clownery, an autobiography in prose poetry, published in 2017

Living In Poverty

Ji Yuan (Song)

The stove
In my mountain kitchen
Is tracked with blue moss.
Dust fills the almsbowl.
There isn't any food.

A pity
Mice and sparrows 
Haven't heard about poverty yet,
Drilling into the room, drilling
Through the walls.

(Tr by Paul Hansen, from The Clouds Should Know Me By Now, edited by Red Pine and Mike O’Connor)

Sweet Being

The deer will eat
an apple tree clean to the ground
in its leafy infancy
and should it reach again
for a while strip its skin
grind to nothing its twigs
as a delicacy

but amid confused abundance
should one grow
out of reach overlooked
its trunk gets unpalatable
the sweet being
once all one
no longer evident
under scarred heavy bark
the sweet being
sensed now as longing overheard
as flower and fruit

by Paul Hunter      from Breaking Ground  Silverfish Review Press

Earlier Event: March 30
Bill Porter & Jacob Navarro