Nurse Log Poem at Bradner Gardens

I think it might be seven times now that I have been invited to read poems by Jim O’Halloran at his annual concert at Bradner Gardens. One of the jewels of Seattle’s P-Patch system of community gardens, Jim is a brilliant flute-playing/band-leading/ composer and arranger. The bands he assembles play a sort of fusion-influenced, post-bebop repertoire that includes Weather Report, later Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett and world music influences.

Date: August 12
Place: Bradner Gardens
Address: 1730 Bradner Pl S, Seattle, WA 98144
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

This year I am going to do something more ambitious with the band. Jim has agreed to create an accompaniment for a long piece I wrote in the spring of this year about the nurse log in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park that sits, decaying, in a “greenhouse” called the Neukom Vivarium. More info on my poem and the permanent installation here.

The setting for this annual concert is magnificent and you are invited to bring a blanket, chairs, food, libations and anything that would enhance your appreciation of the music and poetry. My friend Carletta Carrington Wilson is one other poet featured and this promises to be a magical night. I hope to see you.

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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