It is a rather remarkable thing to have in a city: an all-poetry bookstore. Cambridge, MA and Boulder, CO, are the only two USAmerican cities (besides Seattle) I believe with such a cultural nexus. And for many years the people who made Seattle’s all poetry bookstore possible, John Marshall and Christine Deavel, have run Open Books with grace, vast poetry knowledge and a sense of community. Both fine poets (published in Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia) they are displaying their commitment to Seattle’s poetry community by ensuring a good transition as they sell the store to Billie Swift. (No, not the former Mariner reliever, the brand-new PLU MFA. WooHoo!) Go to the open house and buy a book for God’s sake.
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