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I Sing the Salmon Home

I'm delighted to have work in the new anthology curated by the outgoing Washington Poet Laureate Rena Priest. A...

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Brenda Hillman Interview on In A Few Minutes Before Later

by Paul E. Nelson

Brenda HillmanOn December 12, 2022 I had the honor to again interview Brenda Hillman. This time it was on Zoom about her new book In A Few Minutes Before Later. The audio is available as part of the Cascadian Prophets podcast. This post is for the Zoom (video) link which has some aspects the audio version was not able to provide. Enjoy!

Brenda Hillman – “Poem Describing Time to the Unborn”

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Brenda Hillman - "The Times We Find Ourselves In"

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Brenda Hillman - "Dear emerging, pre-emerging and post-emerging poets,"

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Pierre Joris Interview from 2022

by Paul E. Nelson

Pierre Joris

A 2022 interview with Pierre Joris on his long poem Canto Diurno #1. That 1986 poem is a very ambitious effort to make a poem “as large as I / could make it.” That he’d call it a “canto” is evocative of Ezra Pound. Pierre Joris was born on Bastille Day in 1946 in Strasbourg, France, and raised in Luxembourg. He’s moved between the US, Europe & North Africa for 55 years, published more than 50 books of poetry, essays, anthologies, plays & translations. His translations of the poetry of Paul Celan are a tremendous gift to world literature, as are his collaborations with Jerome Rothenberg on editing the anthology Poems for the Millennium, Volumes I & II. Pierre. This interview was recorded on May 2, 2022.

5.2.2022 Interview with Pierre Joris

by Pierre Joris | Canto Diurno #1