488. Hold the Thorns

488. Hold the Thorns

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SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. https://www.paulenelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)
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One Response to 488. Hold the Thorns

  1. Investigative Poetry: which is what I’ve always said I was doing, starting with Hard Country. I don’t recall reading Ed Sander’s essay, published by City Lights in 1976, but to read it last night brought that time back vividly. Jack Hirschman raved to me about all the guys in this essay, even Hart Crane’s the Bridge, which I did read. I’ve never been able to tolerate Ezra Pound much, not just because of his Hitlerism, anti-Semitism, fascism, authoritarianism, and his betrayals of H.D. but because all that shows in his screaming poems. At least Ed Sanders says so too, though saying even so you got to read him, and I think it’s been Jack whose always called him Ezra Dog. Yet still the homage continues: an old poet friend Michael Gregory has just completed a booklength poem in study of Pound. In writing The Visit–I’m polishing it now–I’ve anguished over many things, but mostly maybe about why I undertake writing on such huge issues that most poets wouldn’t recognize as poetry!(And realizing that this particular narrative probably should have been prose.) Then I remember, of course, this is Investigative Poetry! “Investigative Poetry: that poetry should again assume responsibility for the description of history.” Thank you Ed Sanders. I think I first knew of you when you covered the Charles Manson trial for the Los Angeles Times. Facebook, Oct 6, 2014

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