491. Uncommon Speech

This 2014 August Poetry postcard was written in Puebla, Mexico, while I was there to attend the 14th Subud World Congress. 491. Uncommon Speech is one of my favorite postcard poems from 2014. It combines an image from German Montalvo, another Mexican artist whom I met at the Congress. He has made his own collages of the tops of famous works of art paired with the bottoms of fútbol players in another remarkably successful artistic gesture. I have several of his large postcards left and there is one that combines a fútbol player with a famous Magritte image that I may frame. Montalvo was part of a panel discussion on the Future of Design. The card reflects images of Puebla with the intention of the Congress (helping Subud members to exist more often at the noble human level of consciousness) as well as the trouble created by the culture of competition and the unfettered growth required by the demands of capitalism so endemic back home. There is also a reference to a piece of art I bought in el Zócalo.

491. Uncommon Speech

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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