488. Hold the Thorns

488. Hold the Thorns

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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 488. Hold the Thorns

  1. Investigative Poetry: which is what I’ve always said I was doing, starting with Hard Country. I don’t recall reading Ed Sander’s essay, published by City Lights in 1976, but to read it last night brought that time back vividly. Jack Hirschman raved to me about all the guys in this essay, even Hart Crane’s the Bridge, which I did read. I’ve never been able to tolerate Ezra Pound much, not just because of his Hitlerism, anti-Semitism, fascism, authoritarianism, and his betrayals of H.D. but because all that shows in his screaming poems. At least Ed Sanders says so too, though saying even so you got to read him, and I think it’s been Jack whose always called him Ezra Dog. Yet still the homage continues: an old poet friend Michael Gregory has just completed a booklength poem in study of Pound. In writing The Visit–I’m polishing it now–I’ve anguished over many things, but mostly maybe about why I undertake writing on such huge issues that most poets wouldn’t recognize as poetry!(And realizing that this particular narrative probably should have been prose.) Then I remember, of course, this is Investigative Poetry! “Investigative Poetry: that poetry should again assume responsibility for the description of history.” Thank you Ed Sanders. I think I first knew of you when you covered the Charles Manson trial for the Los Angeles Times. Facebook, Oct 6, 2014

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