85. Soul’s Same Ol’ (Over n Over)

Walter Davis Jr.

Walter Davis Jr.

It doesn’t take much exposure to the work of Nate Mackey to propel me into my own poetic orbit. Perhaps as a gesture for the successful publication of an interview we did last summer, he sent a copy of his new chapbook Anuncio’s Last Love Song, published by Three Count Pour. (I plan to review the book soon.) Mackey’s rhythms, his verbal stutter-step, get into my own bones and off I go. Add Walter Davis Jr. and some cosmology from my own spiritual practice and community (Subud) and a reflection on my life as a new Dad at 51 dancing with Baby Ella and there you have it. Haibun #85 in a series of 99.

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85. Soul's Same Ol' (Over n Over)

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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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