American Sentences for Pop

I read Nine Sonnets for Pop and a few of these 17 syllable poems at my Dad’s grave today as his remains were interred at the family burial plot in Elmhurst, Illinois. My siblings shared some stories of Dad and we sang a bit of Mr. Mr. Johnny Rebeck: Oh Mr. Mr....

Pop at Aunt Barbara’s Coffin

My Aunt Barbara Rose O’Connell died on Super Bowl Sunday, 2007, and there were ceremonies in Glendora, California, where she lived most of her life and outside of Chicago, where she was born and raised. My Dad could not bear looking at her corpse, as he was the...

George Stanley on Innovation

One of the most powerful events of the recent Cascadia Poetry Festival (Cascadia II) was the panel: Cascadian Poetics: Innovations from Here. (Video of the panel here.) Nadine Maestas facilitated with a deft touch and brought out the best in Joanne Kyger, George...

Paul E. Nelson Sr. Dead at 85

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on December 27, 1928, Paul Everett Nelson Senior died today in his sleep in his home on the Northwest Side of Chicago at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife, Lesbia M.P.R. de Nelson, his children, Paul Jr, Andrew Glenn, Barbara...

Cascadia Poets Get a Taste of the Latihan

I’ve been asked by the Subud community to write about the 2nd Cascadia Poetry Festival, which happened May 1-4, 2014 at two locations: Seattle University and Spring Street Center. Spring Street Center is the rental name for the Seattle Subud House and...