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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.

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”

June 14, 2017


by Marshall Gillson   the taco spot was right near where i was working at the time so i got there on foot. leaned against the brick wall and fucked around on my phone while i waited. saw you coming down the block and recognized you from your pictures. it was the first time i … Continue reading “FIRST DATE”

June 6, 2017

Father’s Day

by Johnny Trinh   You say you are my father. Sometimes I don’t know what that means. It breaks your heart to hear these words– but absence too long leaves me more forgetful than fond.   Too many years trying fighting to distance myself from your face in the mirror.   All I’ve accomplished are … Continue reading “Father’s Day”

June 5, 2017

Writers & Poets of Washington State

Check out this amazing event next week from our sponsor partner Hugo House, featuring poets and writers from all over the state reading for a night that blends poetry with prose. Hear poetry from Gary Lilley of Port Orchard (author most recently of The Bushman’s Medicine Show) and Ann Tweedy of Lake Tapps (The Body’s … Continue reading “Writers & Poets of Washington State”

May 22, 2017

A One Page Letter of Hardship (in the style of a Series of Unfortunate Events)

By Roma Raye   If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other letter. In this letter, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in … Continue reading “A One Page Letter of Hardship (in the style of a Series of Unfortunate Events)”

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