World Poetry Day (Seriality)

At the 11am presentation as part of my World Poetry Day/Free Coffee celebration at Caffé Umbria (Tutta Bella), I talked about seriality. In my interview with Nate Mackey 5 or so years ago, he said it better than anyone has, the allure and power of serial form:

I talked about Mackey’s serial poem and its two threads: “Mu” and “Song of the Andoumboulou,” Robert Duncan’s “Structure of Rime” and “Passages” and Michael McClure’s latest grafting of his “Dolphin Skull” poem into “Mephistos” his latest book.

I talked about Daphne Marlatt’s use of serial form and about two painters who use seriality, Jasper Johns:

and Claude Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series:

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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