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

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger.) He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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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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