SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Category: 2023/24 Season

“Ode to Loss,” by Ryan Thich

I forget your love hurts How others forget death To say these blurry motions of mines Aren’t of my heavy eyes, even I forget dreams exist at night It’s your starry eyes, blue skin Blue lips, still hair Still, I’m not ready to face you Cause just knowing you’re close Is enough to make my […]

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“Inheritance,” by Janae Lu

You ask me what I will inherit, You want the easy answer—the kind I would have given you as a child When the glass was half full and full of fairytales, 3D printed hearts, primordial forests, Cars made of sun, bodies on the moon. Back then, the possibilities were infinite. People fell in love over […]

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“Silence is a limb,” by Fatra Hussein

My limbs go loose. Digging deeper and deeper into the earth. As if they are searching for food. My blood seeps out. I wince at the wound. It’s been there since I learned how to talk. It kept me silent when they wronged me. My throat is dry. I search for water as if she […]

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“An Ode to Books and Those Who Create Them” by Jennifer Duval

Simply put, SAL would be lost without our volunteers. Their generosity and kindness, know-how and long memories keep our events running smoothly. Enjoy these reflections on volunteering with SAL from one of our longtime volunteers, Jennifer Duval!   Joy Harjo will be my sixtieth. If I did my math correctly and was able to recall […]

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Partner Spotlight: Humanities Washington

SAL was thrilled to partner with Humanities Washington on our Literary Arts Series event with Joy Harjo on February 27th. Their support, through funding provided by Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the United We Stand Initiative, made the evening possible. Learn more about their programs and events below! […]

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“Dear Spanish,” by Mateo Acuña

Hello old friend. Have you stopped hiding from me? Have you stopped pretending that you’re listening just around the corner, is that why you touch me with silence? Or is it because two worlds are tearing me apart and I don’t have enough native blood in my mouth to bring you as sacrifice? You of […]

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An Illustration From Sohla El-Waylly’s Event

If you’ve been following us for a while, you may know Tessa Hulls, the “SAL Official Doodler” and author of the forthcoming graphic novel Feeding Ghosts (MCD Books, 2024). We were so lucky that Tessa attended our SAL Presents event with Sohla El-Waylly on February 1, 2024, and captured the evening in doodle form! Take a peek […]

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“Time is Funny and Sad” by Hafsa Muse

Time is how flowers grow slow. Time is how flowers die fast. Time is a fox that used to be a cat. Time is the past that used to be the future. Time used to be a clock. Time is a frog dancing on a cat. Time is like a leaf blowing off a tree. […]

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“Glimmer” by Vayuna Lamba

At 24 mile creek you can see the sea. The ocean is right to me. In the forest we chatter and have fun and datter and tell puns. Within the dock without a lock, adrift upon the sea, where will I go what will I sow without you? My ones are setting up, the sun […]

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