Death Rattle, Day One

This I posted on Facebook, but thought I should post here:

Janet Holmes

The Death Rattle Writer’s Festival Day One happened and Janet Holmes had the highlight, for me, a touching poem about grieving the loss of her late husband. Nothing sentimental or maudlin. How poetry can get someone through such an experience is part of its power; to channel feelings that could otherwise drown us. The audience was appreciative and reminded me of the old SPLAB, a refuge for the outcasts, the gender-queer and others who, you can imagine, have not had it easy in a place like Nampa, Idaho.

Of course the audience at the Flying M Coffee Garage (a former Firestone auto repair center with letters changed to spell Finestore) was about 2 to 3 times as large as any audience we had at the old SPLAB in Auburn and had kind words about my Neukom Vivarium Variations poem. #Gratitude #BrightIdahoSunshine #EasternCascadia

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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