After The Japanese 17-20

Obstruction Pass State Park

Obstruction Pass State Park

This latest installment of After The Japanese, poems written after the classic Japanese poetry anthology, is below. These poems were written in Winter/Spring 2014 and I am beginning to think lichen might be my power animal. OK, either that or the red-tailed hawk. And have you ever visited Obstruction Pass State Park? 80 acres, but a very good example of what Cascadia is, salt water, a pebble beach, peeling madrones, stunning serenity.

ATJ 17-20

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 After The Japanese 17-20

  1. Alright–that’s the spirit! esp. 17 &18–“gods before & after…” &
    “holy secrets…confide to those who we’d bow to/ as if they didn’t already know.”

    The powerful presences who preside over the place, and give us
    the spirit of their song… as if we knew how to sing it back and over all….

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