American Sentences at Andaluz! Nov 8

Hey, I am re-posting this with a sincere request to you to consider attending this event and hang out after somewhere in Columbia City. This book has been 14 years in the making & the form, American Sentences was part of my recent presentation at the 4th European Beat Studies Network conference in Brussels on 31-Oct-2015. Thanks, Paul

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2015

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Paul Nelson, author
(206) 422.5002
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Paul Nelson reads from American Sentences at Andaluz

Seattle poet Paul Nelson reads from his long-awaited collection of 17-syllable poems – American Sentences – Sunday, November 8 at 7pm, at Andaluz in Columbia City (Seattle).

Nelson has written one such poem every day since the beginning of 2001 and the book, featuring his take on the form created by Allen Ginsberg, is now available at Andaluz and online.

Seattle poet John Olson, winner of the Stranger’s Genius Award in Literature said he loves Nelson’s take on this form because:

“Emphasis is on the image, rather than rhetoric, or lyricism. Unlike the haiku, however, which is a highly bastardized form in English, they’re more suited to the American idiom & so allow a greater range of natural expression. They don’t have the aesthetic stiffness of the haiku as they are practiced in English.

I also really like [the] sense of wit & humor (“the Australian kiss, kissing down under”), or the occasional non-sequitur, a giant ear popping out of nowhere.”

—John Olson, author of numerous books of poetry, including Larynx Galaxy and Backscatter: New and Selected Poems and three novels.

Andaluz is a locally-owned store in the heart of Columbia City’s historic district, at 4908 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118. Copies of the book are $12.00 and will be available for purchase.

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 American Sentences at Andaluz! Nov 8

  1. Congrats, Paul, again. I’d love to get a copy of this book, as I think I’ve said before, but didn’t do it. Want to send it along and bill me? S

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