After The Japanese 17-20

Obstruction Pass State Park

This latest installment of After The Japanese, poems written after the classic Japanese poetry anthology, is below. These poems were written in Winter/Spring 2014 and I am beginning to think lichen might be my power animal. OK, either that or the red-tailed hawk. And have you ever visited Obstruction Pass State Park? 80 acres, but a very good example of what Cascadia is, salt water, a pebble beach, peeling madrones, stunning serenity.

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. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)

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One Response to After The Japanese 17-20

  1. Alright–that’s the spirit! esp. 17 &18–“gods before & after…” &
    “holy secrets…confide to those who we’d bow to/ as if they didn’t already know.”

    The powerful presences who preside over the place, and give us
    the spirit of their song… as if we knew how to sing it back and over all….

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