World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day Quote
World Poetry Day is March 21. Don’t feel bad, I did not know that either and it has been apparently been happening since 1999. One company is offering a cup of coffee on that day in exchange for an original poem, suggesting FEELINGS are more important than money. The promotional video is here:

Seattle, which prides itself on being a literate town and is surely known for its coffee (which I must say has made me a coffee snob) has NO cafés currently signed up to participate in this deal, which I think is a good one. I will write at least one poem that day for sure, given my 15+ years of American Sentence practice. Empire Espresso? Caffé Umbria? Columbia City Bakery? You willing to show some love for poets? Respond to THIS POST and I’ll write you a poem for your café. Offer not limited to only those neighborhood cafés listed here.

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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