Planet Earth Poetry Anthology

“I LOVE the Canadian side of Cascadia as it deals with poetry. In Victoria, Vancouver, Nelson and elsewhere there are retired poets constructing Mesostics, discussing Jack Spicer and Robin Blaser and generally being open to more innovative work. This includes the Planet Earth Poetry series. Its wide aesthetic, its open and welcoming environment and its audience. They pay attention and actually buy books. & there’s matcha! What else does a poet need? Viva Planet Earth Poetry!” – Paul Nelson, Seattle, WA



Yep, I blurbed this new anthology taken from poems by featured readers at the Victoria open mic Planet Earth Poetry. The series is named after a P.K. Page poem featuring the line: “launching pad for the energies of writers and poets established and not.”



I will be reading at two of the three events, missing the Vancouver event, much to my dismay, as my new passport is not broken in yet. If you want to start to get a sense of what’s happening right now in Cascadia literature, this would be a good place to start. My gratitude to Yvonne Blomer for keeping this reading going and for her work on this book and to Cynthia Woodman Kerkham for her efforts.


PEP Poets

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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