Nurse Log Poem at Bradner Gardens

I think it might be seven times now that I have been invited to read poems by Jim O’Halloran at his annual concert at Bradner Gardens. One of the jewels of Seattle’s P-Patch system of community gardens, Jim is a brilliant flute-playing/band-leading/ composer and arranger. The bands he assembles play a sort of fusion-influenced, post-bebop repertoire that includes Weather Report, later Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett and world music influences.

Date: August 12
Place: Bradner Gardens
Address: 1730 Bradner Pl S, Seattle, WA 98144
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

This year I am going to do something more ambitious with the band. Jim has agreed to create an accompaniment for a long piece I wrote in the spring of this year about the nurse log in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park that sits, decaying, in a “greenhouse” called the Neukom Vivarium. More info on my poem and the permanent installation here.

The setting for this annual concert is magnificent and you are invited to bring a blanket, chairs, food, libations and anything that would enhance your appreciation of the music and poetry. My friend Carletta Carrington Wilson is one other poet featured and this promises to be a magical night. I hope to see you.

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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