Another Postcard Bargain

“You Call Those Sonnets?!?”

I’m getting ready for the August Poetry Postcard Fest, which starts on the 27th. It’s the 7th year we’ve done this and after seeing a link to a talk Ted Berrigan gave in 1979 on his Sonnets, I had a hunch I should go through some old postcards to see what lines could be stolen (from myself!) for new poems; see what themes I was into, what places I traveled during that particular year (2009) and to whom I mailed poems. I ended up, over two days, creating a whole new batch of sonnets. Not traditional sonnets, but more along the lines of Berrigan’s, whose collage sonnet exercise I have taught a few times in workshops. (See: http://www.globalvoicesradio.org/Berrigan_Sonnet_Collage_Exercise.html).

I love the irreverence, the language play and plain goofiness of The Sonnets, but also how something more serious begins to take on much more gravity when juxtaposed with that tone. I also LOVE getting a glimpse into a brilliant poet’s process, steal what works for my own and ignore what doesn’t. Fascinating. So, in preparation for APPF 7 here’s yet:

Another Postcard Bargain

(Photo by Michael Powers)

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)
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply