GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC Featuring Kristin Roedell and Traci Schatz Thursday, October 11, 2012


hosted by Christopher Luna & Toni Partington

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004

7pm Thursday, October 11, 2012
and every second Thursday

Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA

 Featuring Kristin Roedell and Traci Schatz:


Kristin Roedell is a retired attorney living in Lakewood, Washington. Her work has appeared in Switched on Gutenburg, Chest, and Tacoma City Arts. She is the author of Seeing in the Dark (Tomato Can Press) and Girls with Gardenias (Flutter Press, for sale at the reading for $6). Her third book is soon-to-be released by Legal Studies Forum, a press dedicated to poetry written by attorneys. She has been nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize.

Few things are quiet

By Kristin Roedell

as night snow:

there is the uninvited

past, sharp and

certain as geometry

when geese fly;

there is age coming in slow

on a stinging tide;

there is sleep spinning

thin as blown glass.


All things snow remain

silent here;  cars slip

inaudibly to the shoulder,

children doze, bedded

in the back seat

like sled dogs.


Down at the lake,

power went out

days ago; behind curtains

candles are lit, flashlights

doubling in the downstairs

mirror. Belly to back,


your damp breath

lies on my feathered

nape; like night snow,

you fall everywhere,

mute, ubiquitous.

Few things are quiet

as your still regard.


I will give voice to something

when the ice cracks.

It will wake the deepest

crocus, and ride

the Chinook


Traci Schatz lives and writes in Portland, OR with her partner and their small petting zoo of animals. She has been published in VoiceCatcher (and went on to become an Associate Editor) and Wordstock 10, among others. She is currently enrolled in The Institute of Poetic Medicine’s facilitator training program, where she is exploring poetry as therapy and as a tool for empowerment and growth. With years of teaching and training experience—and as a facilitator for Portland Women Writers—Traci is always looking for new opportunities to discover the many ways in which writing brings healing and beauty to the world.

Night Gifts

By Traci Schatz

Maybe these dreams are a gift?

Night visions

of the past, rearranged.

New configurations of people & places.


Dreams about the love who left

my soul bruised.

The one who gave me a child.

This child who taught me

of love and desperate hope.

Who revealed my true self

to me.


Each night I plunge

to meet those met before and again

again until our union

becomes holy.


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