88. Lesser Quantico

Collected Books of Jack Spicer

Am reading The Practice of Outside again, again from the Collected Jack Spicer so I can see what notes I made the first time I read it. (It has since been published in Robin Blaser’s Collected Essays The Fire.) So much more is available to me now, which is a good feeling. You’ll see a couple of quotes from the essay that stood out after my second reading (which is not yet complete, so dense the essay is.) One of them, that Spicer/Blaser’s way of writing was an attack on the whole “subjective aim and assurance of a whole culture” is a stunning reminder of the power of this writing and its inherent anarchist politics. Really, quite revolutionary, which resonates quite deeply with me, as you’ll see with the sharp subject change when the references to Bradley Manning are made using terminology from Julian Assange’s notion of the U.S. being on trial, not Manning. Indeed. Credible accounts of history are not written by the victors (or scholars) of war. This is why the subject interests me so. In any event, Haibun #88 of 99 from the series Haibun de la Serna. (Audio here.)

88. Lesser Quantico

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 88. Lesser Quantico

  1. jackremick says:

    “A reopened language lets in the unknown, the Other…” can never think of what to say after I read a sentence that says so much. N. Goldberg writes about waking up as a first step..Finding the quiet in the noise.

  2. Lyn Coffin says:

    Good advice, Paul. (Don’t wash out the memories w/ the water boards….” As the raft is not the shore, the water board is not the raft.

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