Poet: David Laws lives in Bellingham, where he works as a musical instrument repair technician. He also hikes, cooks, gardens, plays piano, tries to play violin, performs a little magic, pays attention to politics and reads a lot.
Poetry then: "I wrote some truly bad doggerel when I was in high school in the sixties ... Then I wrote a long humorous narrative poem to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, in 1994. It was actually not all terrible. I tried my hand again in 2002 and that nearly ended my career, but I enrolled in the English Department at Western Washington University, hoping to write fiction and memoir, never imagining that I would try poetry again. I took a couple of poetry classes there, and the spark was lit."
Poetry now: Laws is published in several issues of Jeopardy, the undergraduate literary journal at Western. He edited the 2005 edition. He also has a poem in "Tribute to Orpheus," from Kearney Street Books, and has another coming in "Tribute to Orpheus II," from the same publisher.
Raven rasps crooked counsel
from an evergreen branch;
I croak back, but he reads
my mimicry as mockery
and flaps away, flinging
a final wisecrack
over one bright dark wing.
Reach DEAN KAHN at email@example.com or call 715-2291.