As the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate, Kathleen Flenniken is bringing poets from all 39 Washington counties to readings and poetry workshops for elementary school students. Her second book of poetry, Plume, was published this spring by the University of Washington Press, and her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. Flenniken is a co-editor of Floating Bridge Press.

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Song of the Secretary, Hot Lab

All day in a concrete brick building without even one shaft of natural light, I learned to stare windows into my typing as my Selectric raced along at 74 words per minute. Atomic symbols—Sr-90, Cs-137, I-131, U-238, Pu-239—darkened my work like...