84. Hold The House Sparrow (For Maleea Acker)

During my recent stay in Victoria, I was the guest of Maleea Acker for a night. She was one of the Canadian poets who came down to read at our first Cascadia Poetry Festival and has recently published a book on Garry Oak Meadows, so knows a thing or two on the environment. While drinking the strongest coffee ever and enjoying some scrambled eggs, I saw a Northern Flicker appear at her birdfeeder. She

Maleea Acker

Maleea Acker

identified the species and pointed out the Finches below and then told me something extraordinary. All of this is told below in my most recent haibun, #84 in a series of 99, tho told in a way that’s least careless and least logical in neo-barroco manner, abrupt subject changes, busted syntax, &c. As always, comments are welcome.

(Click on image for pdf of the whole poem)

(Click on image for pdf of the whole poem)

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards. 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: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) 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. www.PaulENelson.com
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4 Responses to 84. Hold The House Sparrow (For Maleea Acker)

  1. Nice piece! Maleea’s Garry oak book is marvellous.

  2. kjm says:

    wow, puts new meaning to ‘lover.’ well, maybe not so new but another perspective. i like the way it comes to us. k

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