USAmerica (After Allen Ginsberg)

This poem was read at the 2nd Cascadia Poetry Festival, at the After Party, May 3, 2014, at Spring Street Center and based on the Allen Ginsberg poem America, with a George Bowering twist.

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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). 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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1 Response to USAmerica (After Allen Ginsberg)

  1. seingraham says:

    Bravo – in celebration of those who died at Kent State – the anniversary was the 4th of May, which you undoubtedly know…These are really good angry poems! Been awhile since I heard Ginsberg, Waldman, any of the group that put their mouths where their heads and hearts were…just give ‘er. Excellent.

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