This poem continues from the last postcard poem and Levertov’s notion of the acts that serve as counterstrokes to the ills of the world. She would have been writing about WWII, a war in which she served as nurse so saw the atrocities first hand. She would also be an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War and would lose a key friendship with Robert Duncan over their differences of how to respond to the U.S. atrocities in Vietnam. That we’re again dealing with the Middle East and specifically the atrocities being committed by Israel and Hamas of course shows up in the poems from this year’s August Poetry Postcard Fest. The life of a peacemaker can be deceiving. The Lorine Faith in the poem is Lorine Faith Niedecker, referenced in the postcard image, a woman who also lived her life as a counter stroke to the prevailing cultural wisdom and continues to serve as an example to me and to my praxis.
Throughout the year, we organize events designed to foster a community of like-minded people centered around organic, open-form poetry, and an ecological philosophy that emphasizes a connection to our bioregion, its history and the indigenous people that lived here long, long before colonization. We aim to expose our supporters to ideas about art as an art-of-living practice, inspired by the spiritual practice of understanding the bioregion surrounding us: soil, air, water, flora, fauna, and weather. In 2023, we hosted a successful Poetry Postcard Fest and the 7th Cascadia Poetry Festival, along with launching Watershed Press and publishing our anthology Cascadian Zen Vol. I. This is all thanks to donations from people like you!