After The Japanese 80-82

Zappa's Grave

Zappa’s Grave

More “alternate takes” in this series which I have been serializing here and which is over 18 months old. More poems about Zappa, my late cat and my reaction. You can’t see the “Z” anymore but you get the idea in the photo to the left. I think about the guy who said: “He was only a cat” and am thinking of how there is either a sense that we are connected to all living things or there are levels of anthropocentrism, as in the case of the Minnesota dentist/big game hunter who is now a target.

ATJ 80-82

Or as Krishnamurti said:

When You Call Yourself Krishnamurti

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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2 Responses to After The Japanese 80-82

  1. Paul, these are the best. Really love the detailed mindful attention to your beloved cat. Sorry for your loss. I gained another dumped on my road kittie last month, who is recovering well. Perhaps karma? It’s definitely a west coast cat.

  2. Splabman says:

    Thanks Daniel. My cat was not hip to the idea of moving to Illinois from Seattle, so I get what you say about West Coast cats. Zappa dying prepared me for my Dad’s death 6 weeks later and I somehow knew that. Those poems, Father Death poems, to be posted within a week or so. Thanks for reading and taking time to comment.

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