Bill Siverly, Nightfall
We welcome Bill Siverly to the store tonight, wearing his author hat instead of his editor hat. Bill will be here to read from his newly published collection of poetry, Nightfall, published by Windfall Press. Two thirds of the collection includes poems set in the Pacific Northwest -- some from Idaho, where Bill grew up, and some from Oregon, where he lives now. The remaining third consists of poems set in the German city of Görlitz and its environs, which extend into Poland. In the spring and summer of 2016, Bill and Jutta Donath lived three months in Görlitz, the city where Jutta spent her early childhood. Bill's poems reflect the complex history and present reality of life in that easternmost city in Germany.
Thematically, all of the poems follow themes of personal aging reflecting decline in the American Empire and climate change. Yet in the midst of such sober themes, the poems find hope in the poet's garden, engaging with family, and learning to dwell on the earth.
Bill Siverly was born and grew up in Lewiston, Idaho, and he has lived in Portland since 1972. He holds a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, and he taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Portland Community College for twenty-five years. Bill has published five previous books of poems: Parzival (1981), Phoenix Fire (1987), The Turn (2000), Clearwater Way (2009), and Steptoe Butte (2013). Since 2002 he has been co-editor with Michael McDowell of Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, which features poetry of the Pacific Northwest and appears twice yearly on the equinoxes.