After The Japanese 25-28

NCNPIn this stretch of the project of writing inspired by the classic Japanese poetry anthology, I start in memory and move to the time about a year ago when I was the guest of Gerry Cook and Hannah Sullivan. Gerry was a longtime ranger at North Cascades National Park and he and his wife have a cabin in Marblemount, the last town before the park entrance. They invited me to have a writing retreat and I accepted with huge gratitude.

Pressentin ParkGetting in, having a nice dinner and then being led on a walk to a Pressentin County Park across the street gave me a nice sense of the landscape, which would change dramatically before my visit was over, but that is covered in future poems. Thanks Gerry & Hannah.

ATJ 25-28

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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