Postcards for Garcia

Garcia & the Wily Splabman after a soak at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, New Mexico.

Garcia & the Wily Splabman after a soak at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, New Mexico.

A follow up to the post about my recent trip to Taos, New Mexico. Amalio Madueño is community development specialist and brilliant poet of Yaqui and Tarahumara heritage. I am indebted to Amalio for the thousands of dollars of assistance he’s given to SPLAB and the Cascadia Poetry Festival in terms of pro bono help. This is a large part of why we’ve been able to produce two Cascadia Poetry Festivals, help oversee a third, help publish an anthology of Cascadia poetry (Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia) and envision and create (in partnership with Cascadia College) a Massive Open Online Course on Innovative Cascadia Poetry. Hear my 2015 interview with him here. Today enjoy some postcard poems written in response to my most recent visit to Garcia in Embudo, New Mexico:

Postcards For Garcia 1 Postcards for Garcia 2 POstcards For Garcia 3


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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