Portland Poets Bill Siverly and Barbara Drake
Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland poets Bill Siverly and Barbara Drake, whose collections are published by local press, Windfall.
Two-thirds of Nightfall, Bill Siverly's sixth book of poetry, includes poems set in the Pacific Northwest--some from Idaho, where Bill grew up, and some from Oregon, where he currently lives. The remaining third consists of poems set in the German city of Görlitz and its environs, which extend into Poland. In the spring and summer of 2016, Bill and Jutta Donath lived three months in Görlitz, the city where Jutta spent her early childhood. Bill's poems reflect the complex history and present reality of life in that easternmost city in Germany. The poems' themes of personal aging reflect the decline of the American Empire and climate change. Yet, in the midst of such sober themes, the poems find hope in the poet's garden, engaging with family, and learning to dwell on the earth.
"I love Barbara Drake’s warmhearted and intimate and modest voice in these poems. I love, especially, the way she evokes the nostalgic past without sentimentality but with great good humor and wonder; and how she looks at the natural world, even the tiniest blooms underfoot, with such close attention and curiosity and appreciation. In these poems it’s as if we are sitting across the kitchen table from a dear friend, a friend who is funny and kind, who can always find the magic in the commonplace." —Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses