473. More Listening Than Longing

Here is the 3rd postcard poem from this year’s fest and my 473rd overall since the postcard fest started in 2007. I love the Levertov quote to begin this poem. How many times do we hear poems that long for something? Put down the pen and DO IT you want to scream at the poet who longs out loud (or on paper) for something, but they’re not going to understand. It’s a matter of consciousness. We’re put at least two times away from the source of energy with poems composed like this. I prefer Levertov’s method, especially in the period from which this quote was taken, 1946. Even before she wrote essays about the organic method, she intuited the power of composing that way. With the organic, the poem does not describe as much as enact. It is an event, not the record of an event. It engages the self on the deepest level, that which engages the human’s proprioceptive capacities. Video below.

473. More Listening Than Longing

473. More Listening Than Longing

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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One Response to 473. More Listening Than Longing

  1. kristin says:

    Another dimension to hear you read it.

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