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The View From Here: Perspective From Poet Sam Green

Courtesy of Sam Green

Waldron Island poetSam Green reads two poems from his newest book, "All That Might Be Done." Each in its own way offers the gift of perspective.

"Constellations" tells the story of an outsider ("We knew he was different,") who prompts a group of boys playing baseball to see themselves -- momentarily -- as "stars in a field / of sky, said we should imagine each of us /a billion miles apart." 

Green's poem "Diagnosis" recasts a cancer diagnosis as "a stray dog" and hope as "fragile wings stitching together fragments of light." 

Green is the author of 11 collections of poetry, including "The Grace of Necessity," which won the Washington State Book Award for poetry. 

Green was the inaugural Washington State Poet Laureate from 2007 to 2009. With his wife, poet Sally Green, he is co-editor of Brooding Heron Press.