521. Composed in Solidarity

Since 2004, I’ve had a little soft spot in my heart for Muslims given that my spiritual practice (the Latihan Kejiwaan of Subud) was created (discovered?/invented?) by a Muslim. (I was initiated into Subud June 2004.)

Maybe that’s why the case of the man mentioned in the latest postcard from the 2015 August Poetry Postcard Fest that I’m posting now prompted me. That the card’s image (by German Montalvo) came from Mexico, where in 2014 I attended by first Subud World Congress in Puebla, Mexico, was also a factor shaping at least the look of the poem. The poem:

P.S. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/05/world/europe/migrant-who-walked-channel-tunnel-is-granted-asylum-in-britain.html

About Splabman

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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