American Sentences is Published!


On the 60th anniversary of the Beat Generation coming out party, the Six Gallery reading, my 14+ year project American Sentences made it into the world as a published book.

That copies were shipped by the publisher to the wrong address is telling, but that they ended up in the hands of a friend is as well.

My box of books arrived about a block south of my new apartment today and Karla Esquivel of the sassy Andaluz was happy to take a few on consignment for sale at her store.

Karla and I will figure out a date soon to have a reading party and I’ll be happy to read at any venue where people are likely to buy some books. Suggestions and invites welcome. The link at the publisher’s website is here:

Six Gallery postcard

Six Gallery postcard


Karla Esquivel and American Sentences










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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