After the Japanese 29-32

Today, the next segment of the 100 poems written using each poem in the classic Japanese poetry anthology (Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首)) as a prompt. These were also written at a short retreat at the Marblemount cabin of Gerry Cook and Hannah Sullivan about one year ago. At least part of the inspiration was directly from walks of the Witt Winter Garden with Jim Demetre (chronicled here and here). My recent (at that time) residency at The Lake, the final home of Morris Graves also came to mind in the moment of composition, as did the notion of how suicide affected him, as it has my own family.

171 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle, WA

171 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle, WA

I often drive by the spot where Kurt Cobain’s body was found after an apparent suicide on Lake Washington Blvd, so this is a subject that deeply affects me.

I am preparing a “chapbook” of these poems using the best of 2015 technology and drop me a line if you are interested in purchasing a copy. So grateful to Gerry and Hannah and how they arranged a huge snowstorm, once I was settled in there, to inspire the poems written at their beautiful cabin.

ATJ 29-32

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 29-32

  1. Carol Blackbird Edson says:

    wonderment and beauty and pain- the poets path no?

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