After The Japanese 49-52

The last three of the poems in this series written in Marblemount, WA, seem so distant given the contrast between last year’s winter snow and this year’s winter-of-no-winter. Also a year ago the AWP conference was held in Seattle. The feeling there was the writing community at its ugliest. Despite a tribute to Sam Hamill, which was a nice touch, the feeling of seeing someone looking at your name badge and in an instant deciding if you were someone who could advance their career, or “a nobody.” Stunning, the stench of ego on display.

The “suicide house” in the first of these poems is the house on Lake Washington Seattle where Kurt Cobain is said to have ended his life.

ATJ 49-51

ATJ 52

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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