World Poetry Day


World Poetry Day is March 21. Don’t feel bad, I did not know that either and it has been apparently been happening since 1999. One company is offering a cup of coffee on that day in exchange for an original poem, suggesting FEELINGS are more important than money. The promotional video is here:

Seattle, which prides itself on being a literate town and is surely known for its coffee (which I must say has made me a coffee snob) has NO cafés currently signed up to participate in this deal, which I think is a good one. I will write at least one poem that day for sure, given my 15+ years of American Sentence practice. Empire Espresso? Caffé Umbria? Columbia City Bakery? You willing to show some love for poets? Respond to THIS POST and I’ll write you a poem for your café. Offer not limited to only those neighborhood cafés listed here.

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