After The Japanese 49-52

The last three of the poems in this series written in Marblemount, WA, seem so distant given the contrast between last year’s winter snow and this year’s winter-of-no-winter. Also a year ago the AWP conference was held in Seattle. The feeling there was the writing community at its ugliest. Despite a tribute to Sam Hamill, which was a nice touch, the feeling of seeing someone looking at your name badge and in an instant deciding if you were someone who could advance their career, or “a nobody.” Stunning, the stench of ego on display.

The “suicide house” in the first of these poems is the house on Lake Washington Seattle where Kurt Cobain is said to have ended his life.

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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