508. Crater Glacier (Power Animal)

The largest category of (August Poetry Postcard Fest) cards I send out, in terms of the image, feature Coastal Salish art. I think this is one of the world’s most potent artistic traditions, on a par with any movement at any time in history, and in this case there is an ekphrastic sense, or at least a reference to the art on the front of the card. The new glacier reference in the poem is about Crater Glacier, or Yulutson Glacier, which was born after the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crater_Glacier Can there be hope for our biosphere that, while most glaciers on the planet are melting, there are some baby glaciers trying to pick up some of the cooling slack. ACD is without question in my mind the most critical issue for any poet on this planet.

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger.) He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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