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Click here to check out the upcoming events at Rain City Poetry Slam!  We have an open mic and poetry every Wednesday at Jai Thai on Broadway at 8pm.

October 3, 2017


by Troy Cunio   why should I not sleep under whichever streetlight feels most like home? a backseat is enough for love, so why not loneliness? this is a home I can take anywhere a turtleshell that carries me this is a battered and dented bedroom where I slumber surrounded by my possessions like an … Continue reading “ODE TO SLEEPING IN MY CAR, WITH FM LULLABIES”

September 13, 2017

Design Patterns

by Alex Loret de Mola   I live my life by patterns; rituals in code and conduct that keep me safe, predictable. { A repository is a structure to access and modify data in an organized manner: a pattern you use in code to persist knowledge, to retrieve it, sometimes to suppress it. { Knowledge … Continue reading “Design Patterns”

September 4, 2017

Everyone’s a Hero [Reprise]

by Elliot Anaya Captain Hammer says, home is where the heart is so your real home’s in your chest I guess that’s why I’m never completely convinced I belong anywhere. This is not a treasure chest Given to me at the completion of my quest, It’s a chest of drawers stuffed to the brim With … Continue reading “Everyone’s a Hero [Reprise]”

August 27, 2017

Open Board Member Position

Rain City is looking for a new member of their board. Board members lead and direct the slam, and also run Rain City projects such as outreach and education.   Job Expectations: Attendance: scheduling is pretty flexible, as board members split responsibilities among themselves. However, board members are expected to attend at least two slams … Continue reading “Open Board Member Position”

August 14, 2017

We the People

by Von Bellows   We the People, In order to form a more exclusive union Do hereby deny our unalienable rights Of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness Our country will provide us with happiness We have no need to speak freely Thus, relinquish the first amendment And strip the people of their voices– … Continue reading “We the People”

August 8, 2017

Language Peers into Its Own Grave

by Duane Kirby Jensen (Birthed at Poetry Laboratory and inspired by ambient sound created by Adam R Bagley.)   (Heavy worn-out breathing) Attempting to catch my breath on this pile of ruble, I give these last words to the wind as I look into the heart of this crumbled city now nothing but bent steel, … Continue reading “Language Peers into Its Own Grave”

August 3, 2017

When you are lost

by Maisha Banks Manson   Check in: What does care look like? Physically –  emotionally –  spiritually Spirit: What are your prayers? Can you feel them in your bones? Are they only whispered when you are lost? Answer: the last time you felt your voice         Veins:What are you feeling? Are you … Continue reading “When you are lost”

July 25, 2017


by Diante Taylor   Living is part of the dream To me none of this is real In a moment you can be snatched Drifting off back into that space Between life and death Where the soul meets this experience And your old self is cleared Which is why I live how I do I don’t … Continue reading “Untitled”

July 5, 2017


by Ray Stoeve   Last summer, that house stood vacant, quiet, blue-grey chipped paint front step untouched except for a single rose winding up through the iron railing. It bloomed again and again. One night we passed it glowing under the porch light still, mysteriously, on and you giggled while I snuck up to smell … Continue reading “Roses”

June 27, 2017


by Mariah Dear   ice moves out of the bay what if she called herself a prostitute histories work in big white hoods tomorrows slut themselves red orange but she didn’t ice moves away from the birch castle molars we could do that bite like our sick wasn’t varnish she called herself a sex worker … Continue reading “River”

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