521. Composed in Solidarity

Since 2004, I’ve had a little soft spot in my heart for Muslims given that my spiritual practice (the Latihan Kejiwaan of Subud) was created (discovered?/invented?) by a Muslim. (I was initiated into Subud June 2004.)

Maybe that’s why the case of the man mentioned in the latest postcard from the 2015 August Poetry Postcard Fest that I’m posting now prompted me. That the card’s image (by German Montalvo) came from Mexico, where in 2014 I attended by first Subud World Congress in Puebla, Mexico, was also a factor shaping at least the look of the poem. The poem:

521. Composed in Solidarity

P.S. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/05/world/europe/migrant-who-walked-channel-tunnel-is-granted-asylum-in-britain.html

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards He wrote 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.) 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: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) 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. www.PaulENelson.com
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