The Cold Moon (A Greg Bem Production)

Greg Bem has a knack for creating events that while poetry based, transcend literary art. His own performances have always been closer to the “happenings” of performance art and Fluxus. Here is his description of an event he graciously invited me to participate in:

An outdoor reading under the last full moon of this Gregorian calendar year.
A space that’s dark and far removed from most of Seattle’s gaze.
A sequence of readings and rituals.
Freely accessible with no fear of the weather.
See you at Pritchard Island Beach from 7-9pm on Sunday, 12/3/17.
After-party experience to follow in Hillman City.

Fortunately I have been interested in the moon’s annual transit through the sky and what each moon means to that time of the year. I guess being a Harvest Moon baby might have something to do with that but at press time I’m planning to read some moon poems. I am delighted with the company I’ll be keeping Sunday night and it will be my first reading in Rainier Beach since Bhakti and I moved here from Columbia City on July 20. We 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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