Andrew Schelling in Cascadia

In the process of organizing the audio archives of SPLAB, (thank you 4Culture) and those that pre-date the December 13, 1993 founding of the non-profit organization, I came across the audio of Anne Waldman and Andrew Schelling talking about American Sentences in a 2001 interview. I had read the poems created in that form by Allen Ginsberg in 1994, when I interviewed the legendary poet, but the form gained new significance when I saw the sentences through the eyes of Anne and Andrew.

Eight years later Andrew was there shedding light on the haibun form in an email exchange.

Now thanks in part to Jason Wirth and his Seattle University Eco-Sangha, Andrew Schelling is coming to Cascadia and will participate in several events, some of which are connected to his brilliant new biography of Jaime de Angulo:

Jaime de Angulo’s linguistic and ethnographic work, his writings, as well as the legends that cloak the Old Coyote himself, vividly reflect the particulars of the Pacific coast. His poetry and prose uniquely represented the bohemian sensibility of the twenties, thirties and forties, and he was known for his reworkings of coyote tales and shamanic mysticism. So vivid was his writing that Ezra Pound called him “the American Ovid,” and William Carlos Williams claimed that de Angulo was “one of the most outstanding writers I have ever encountered.”

The schedule is subject to change, but as of this writing includes:

Thursday, Feb 22, Northwind Gallery, Port Townsend, interview and reading, 7pm.

Friday, February 23, 6:30pm, i.e. Gallery in Edison with Andrew Schelling, Paul Nelson Kevin Craft and Georgia Johnson.

Saturday, February 24, 7pm, private event, Seattle.

Sunday, February 25, 3-5pm, Interview/reading at Elliott Bay Books.

Monday, February 26, Seattle U Student Center Room 130, 7:30pm, Seattle U Eco-Sangha, Andrew Schelling will read some of his poems as well as discuss the relationship between poetry and Buddhist practice.

Since meeting Andrew in 1997, I have written over 6,000 American Sentences and at least 99 haibun, so you can imagine the joy I will have at presenting this man, his fine intellect, his poetry knowledge and his new work on a talent deserving wider recognition, Jaime de Angulo. Please consider attending one (or more) of these events.

A July 2011 interview conducted by your humble narrator is found here.



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Choral Poetry – Jack and Adelle Foley

Jack & Adelle Foley

Jack and Adelle Foley are poets from Oakland, California, who performed at the 3rd annual Super Bowl of Poetry at the Northwest SPokenword LAB in Auburn, Washington, in February 2000. It was one of the most intelligent and dynamic performances SPLAB has ever hosted. Jack is a widely published poet, critic, essayist and radio host, and Adelle an economist and writer of haiku. They discussed their early interest in poetry (Jack mentions Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard), their collaboration and their notions of the transcendent properties of poetry, especially in performance. Part 1 (7:55)

In segment two they performed Overture, the first of the choral pieces Jack wrote specifically for performance with Adelle and inspired by Charles Ives, Vachel Lindsay, Antonin Artaud, among others. In the discussion after the performance, Jack quotes Jake Berry who said of their choral work “the reader is seduced into the knowing participation in chaos.” Part 2 (8:19)

In segment three Jack discussed the Current State of Poetry as he sees it; the tension created by uneasy multimedia alliance of poetry’s early roots as a sound medium and the written aspect of poetry and Adelle performed a haiku sequence Bart Bench Haiku. Part 3 (4:59)

In part 4 the discussion centered around an invocation of the ancient Irish Goddess of poetry, Brigid, as part of a workshop facilitated at the old Northwest SPokenword LAB in February 2000.  Part of the practice was creating a space to allow for the expression of oppositions in a peaceful context. Jack also discussed his book Exiles, the notion of poets as exiles and the importance of writers, especially young writers to find a sense of community (polis) in part through culture. Part 4 (11:12)

In the final segment, they performed the conclusion of the poem Chorus/Song, dedicated to Jake Berry, discussed Charles Olson’s Projective Verse, read more haiku (Childhood Summers) and performed a final song. Part 5 (11:54)


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Charles Potts Interview

A 2017 interview conducted with Charles Potts by your humble narrator has been published online by Rain Taxi: 

Waatnuwas and Charles Potts

The interview is getting some very good reviews. Enjoy and let me know what you think. Thank you Rain Taxi.


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