American Sentences from 2011

I have begun harvesting my American Sentences from this past year. It’s always a blast from my recent past to do this and this is eleven years now of writing one of these 17 syllable poems every day.

Here is the first decent one of the year:

1.12.11 – Just because he has a bald spot doesn’t mean he can’t have a Mohawk.

I am also engaged in taking notes on Nod House, Nate Mackey’s latest book of poems and getting a review of Chinese poet/politician Jidi Majia together while my wife & I host her folks, my Mom and my daughter, so there’s a lot going on. But, I am about half way through and am putting these sentences up in large number to see what sticks and what does not. I am usually too close to them to really know.

Here’s the link to the bunch: https://www.paulenelson.com/american-sentences-2/american-sentences-2011/ But I plan to add more as I get some writing/editing time to plow through three more pocket journals.

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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2 Responses to American Sentences from 2011

  1. hg says:

    Less colourful than most of yours, Paul. Still, here’s an authentic American Sentence from 2011. State of origin was either Kansas or Kentucky.

    I can’t forget the tour guide saying, “My country is on the decline.”

  2. Paul Nelson says:

    Well, he’s probably an authentic American.

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