Ten Years of Postcard Fest

Hamma Hamma

Hamma Hamma

The tenth year of the August POetry POstcard Fest is under way and there are seven full groups of 32 poets, 224 participants in all, which is a record for the fee era.

And there are participants from Alabama, Alberta, Australia, British Columbia, California, Connecticut, England, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, India, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Zealand, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Scotland, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. (I think I got everybody, but my eyes are getting blurry when I even look at an excel file after two weeks of intensive registration.)

And there have been two astute testimonials to the fest’s true essence, spontaneous composition. One by Ina Roy-Faderman (who is the main force behind the poetry postcard anthology 56 Days of August) and one by Linda Crosfield, who is a ten year vet. Besides Linda, Judy Jensen and I, there must be other ten year veteran postcarders, (please come forward) but I can’t remember right now and no more excel files for a while.

And I am not so anal about people not writing spontaneously now. If they want to cheat themselves out of the experience, that’s their loss. I explained to a writer friend that, for best effect, one should use Preparation H as directed, but if you put it on a cracker, you might get some good out of it, so more power to you.

And there have been numerous emails and Facebook messages to me, thanking me for the work done to get the lists out and for keeping this thing going. It is a joy for me to be involved and an honor to be of use in such a novel way. Thank you for believing in this, for telling friends, for participating and (hopefully) for experiencing the joy of getting to be the first person to read a card that you wrote with the aid of the ghosts of postcard past.

Happy carding. I will again post all cards I have written and write a summary once I have finished writing at least 32.

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 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: 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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