The official poetry program of the Seattle City Council
195 poets reading 218 poems to date
The oars lift and submerge
As the shell surges
Making up water
Churning up water
In "The Cut"
From "The Coxswain"
by Dobbie Reese Norris
Upon his election to the City Council, Nick instituted poetry readings before his committee meetings believing that the personal insight of poetry has the power to enlighten the routine of government.
A guest poetry curator for Words' Worth is chosen every few months. He or she, in turn, selects a number of poets to read their own works. The curator assigns one of her or his poets to read at the beginning of each standing City Council Committee meeting that Nick Chairs at the time.