84. Hold The House Sparrow (For Maleea Acker)

During my recent stay in Victoria, I was the guest of Maleea Acker for a night. She was one of the Canadian poets who came down to read at our first Cascadia Poetry Festival and has recently published a book on Garry Oak Meadows, so knows a thing or two on the environment. While drinking the strongest coffee ever and enjoying some scrambled eggs, I saw a Northern Flicker appear at her birdfeeder. She

Maleea Acker

identified the species and pointed out the Finches below and then told me something extraordinary. All of this is told below in my most recent haibun, #84 in a series of 99, tho told in a way that’s least careless and least logical in neo-barroco manner, abrupt subject changes, busted syntax, &c. As always, comments are welcome.

(Click on image for pdf of the whole poem)

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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4 Responses to 84. Hold The House Sparrow (For Maleea Acker)

  1. Nice piece! Maleea’s Garry oak book is marvellous.

  2. kjm says:

    wow, puts new meaning to ‘lover.’ well, maybe not so new but another perspective. i like the way it comes to us. k

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