American Sentences at Andaluz! Nov 8

Hey, I am re-posting this with a sincere request to you to consider attending this event and hang out after somewhere in Columbia City. This book has been 14 years in the making & the form, American Sentences was part of my recent presentation at the 4th European Beat Studies Network conference in Brussels on 31-Oct-2015. Thanks, Paul

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2015

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Paul Nelson, author
(206) 422.5002
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Paul Nelson reads from American Sentences at Andaluz

Seattle poet Paul Nelson reads from his long-awaited collection of 17-syllable poems – American Sentences – Sunday, November 8 at 7pm, at Andaluz in Columbia City (Seattle).

Nelson has written one such poem every day since the beginning of 2001 and the book, featuring his take on the form created by Allen Ginsberg, is now available at Andaluz and online.

Seattle poet John Olson, winner of the Stranger’s Genius Award in Literature said he loves Nelson’s take on this form because:

“Emphasis is on the image, rather than rhetoric, or lyricism. Unlike the haiku, however, which is a highly bastardized form in English, they’re more suited to the American idiom & so allow a greater range of natural expression. They don’t have the aesthetic stiffness of the haiku as they are practiced in English.

I also really like [the] sense of wit & humor (“the Australian kiss, kissing down under”), or the occasional non-sequitur, a giant ear popping out of nowhere.”

—John Olson, author of numerous books of poetry, including Larynx Galaxy and Backscatter: New and Selected Poems and three novels.

Andaluz is a locally-owned store in the heart of Columbia City’s historic district, at 4908 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118. Copies of the book are $12.00 and will be available for purchase.

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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2 Responses to American Sentences at Andaluz! Nov 8

  1. Congrats, Paul, again. I’d love to get a copy of this book, as I think I’ve said before, but didn’t do it. Want to send it along and bill me? S

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