After The Japanese 83-86

“The poem beats you down the street*” when the poem is written as an act of discovery. It’s part of the joy of an open form. The prophecy in this batch of poems from the series I’ve been posting for a few months now portends my Father’s death a few months later as well as the forest fire in the Olympic National Park rainforest which happened this summer.

ATJ 83-86

*Eileen Myles from the interview I did with her in 2001.

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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