Death Rattle, Day One

This I posted on Facebook, but thought I should post here:

Janet Holmes

The Death Rattle Writer’s Festival Day One happened and Janet Holmes had the highlight, for me, a touching poem about grieving the loss of her late husband. Nothing sentimental or maudlin. How poetry can get someone through such an experience is part of its power; to channel feelings that could otherwise drown us. The audience was appreciative and reminded me of the old SPLAB, a refuge for the outcasts, the gender-queer and others who, you can imagine, have not had it easy in a place like Nampa, Idaho.

Of course the audience at the Flying M Coffee Garage (a former Firestone auto repair center with letters changed to spell Finestore) was about 2 to 3 times as large as any audience we had at the old SPLAB in Auburn and had kind words about my Neukom Vivarium Variations poem. #Gratitude #BrightIdahoSunshine #EasternCascadia http://paulenelson.com/2017/05/09/neukom-vivarium-variations/

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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