Four Hoarse Men Ride Again

Four Hoarse Men at the Frye Museum

Four Hoarse Men at the Frye Museum, Greg Bem, Joe Chiveney, Paul Nelson, Jason Conger

A couple of years ago I became part of a group of poets that sought to explore poetry from the angle of pure sound in the tradition of Dada, Kurt Schwitters, the Four Horsemen (of Canada, from whom we poached our name), Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras and others. It was originally to cover the “Emotional Poetry” of the Four Horsemen and we had fun doing it and when we were not received well, or even politely, we cleared out the room in the case of one performance at a Lit Crawl that happened at the posh Sorrento Hotel.

When Greg Bem went away for a year to live in Cambodia, we settled for three hoarse men, but it was not the same. You can see performances at the blog set up for the promotion and archive of our work as this group here:

Thomas Walton asked us to perform at the next release party of his fine Pageboy Magazine and we shall do that and encourage you to attend and buy at least one copy of the magazine:

1/31 6:30-9 at Vermillion, Seattle.
1508 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
7th Issue Release Party
Readings by Chris Ashby, Amaranth Borsuk,
Sarah Erickson, Catherine Karlak, and Ed Skoog.
Comedy with Bettina McKelvey and Ryan Casey.
Prayers (both sacred and profane) by The Four Hoarse Men.
And never before heard or seen lost drafts of Walt Whitman.

We plan to perform one Ghost Tantra, albeit a more subdued and creepy arrangement and a Jason Conger original to open and close the show.

See our rehearsal of the Ghost Tantra, with some of the worst camera work in history, here:

Ghost Tantra 8

R.I.P. Anita

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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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