Poet Paul Piper
organized this reading
happening next week.
In case you missed this reading
this is what I said:
“This winter I was minding my own business
putting together my next book of poetry,
when I got shanghaied by a dead poet.
I didn’t know anything about Robert Huff at first.
I put aside my manuscript and became a detective.
There’s very little information on Robert Huff.
He taught poetry here at Western for 25 years
from 1964-1990 and there are a lot of people
who knew him. I spoke with friends of his
students, poets and artists and eventually I wrote
a 40 page essay about Huff’s life here in Bellingham.
The irony is, although Huff found someone
who could pick up on his psychic call to be
remembered and written about, I have terrible luck
getting my stories published in magazines.However,
my essay on him can be seen in Special Collections.”
And this is what I read:
Robert Huff, “Rainbow”
My poems, “Bird Taxi” and “The Packard Hatchery”
Knute Skinner, “The Little Boat”
Robert Huff, “Morning”