In Search of Color Everywhere

My planned 12N presentation for World Poetry Day was In Search of Color Everywhere and other African-American poetry. This title comes from an anthology edited by Ethelbert Miller. I had the honor of interviewing Ethelbert in 1994, when he was touring to promote this book and we’ve been friends ever since, with him being poetry mentor to me.

I read “Goodhousekeeping #17 (kitchen fable)” by Safiya Henderson-Holmes and Quincy Troupe’s “A Poem for Magic” (Magic Johnson) from the anthology and Wanda Coleman’s American Sonnet #12 after Robert Duncan.

Karla Esquivel caught me in the act:

peN w/ Bhakti Watts

Several people have taken advantage of the free coffee deal, including Joe Patnode, who shared his graphic/overheard poem:

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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