George Stanley interview – After Desire

George Stanley

Yesterday (July 2, 2012) I was fortunate enough to get a chance to interview George Stanley at his Vancouver apartment. A San Francisco native, he studied with Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan in the fertile early days of the so-called San Francisco Renaissance of the late 50s and early 60s. He talked about that, his early experiences in Utah’s counter-culture as a young man, his move to Vancouver in 1971, the nature of the serial poem, his book-length serial poem Vancouver: A Poem, as well as his current project After Desire. See the links to portions of the interview and individual poems here:

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published 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) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. 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 (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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