2016 Postcards I Got (Video)

20160907_171936There’s not much more I can say about the 2016 August Poetry Postcard Fest that I did not say in the first of two videos that I created today (Sept 7, 2016):

And to pick out highlights is so difficult, but you may be seeing some of the best of the 53 cards I’ve so far received appear in the first August Poetry Postcard Anthology: 56 Days of August. Thanks Ina Roy-Faderman, Judy Kleinberg and David Seaver for your work on that book.

But I will reiterate that I am humbled by this project, with huge gratitude to the participants in each of the fest’s ten years. I am grateful to Lana Ayers for helping me create the fest, to Brendan McBreen for handling signups for a couple of years and to Danika Dinsmore, whose 3:15 Experiment this fest was, in part, inspired by. That we can actually write poems on cards and send them to people seems so old school and yet somehow also so fresh and satisfying. What a project. And the creativity of the participants gets better and better, helping my own effort to create a gesture that is as deep and generous as possible. A thousand thanks and blessings.



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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