Review of PN & DB’s Existential Trio


Dan Blunck and the Existential Trio (Steve Bentley, Ariel Calabria)

Rhythm & Rye

Rhythm & Rye

I met Dick Metcalf last night at Rhythm & Rye in Olympia, WA, before the gig I did with Dan Blunck’s Existential Trio, featuring Steve Bentley and Ariel Calabria. He wrote a kind review that you can read here:

One excerpt: “When a poet takes the stage, you know (right away), that they (either) “have it”, or “don’t”. Paul’s clearly got the presence, & has the audience eating out of his hand in only moments…”

Thanks Dick.

My hand-held recorder crapped out and I did NOT record it! ARGH! So good to be back on the stage with Dan Blunck again. He is a world-class musician.

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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