Annual Bradner Gardens Concert

On August 18, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, I will again participate in what is becoming like a ritual for me, reading poems with Jim O’Halloran’s band at perhaps the best community garden in the city, Bradner Gardens. Jim sent this:

Outdoors, on the lawn!  Bring chairs or a blanket, and a dinner.  

Another great line-up: Jim O’Halloran, flutes; Jacques Willis, vibes; Dean Schmidt, bass; Larry Mahlis drums; and Denny Stern, percussion, with  special guests Carletta Carrington Wilson and Paul Nelson, poets; and Elva Pope, vocals.

Watering can will be passed for donations for the musicians and performers. Sponsored by Friends of Bradner Gardens Park.

I have suggested this poem to read at the event. Jim will decide. This is such a delight for me and an honor to do it for so many years with my Subud Brother and the fine musicians (& singers & poets like Carletta) with whom he always surrounds himself. I hope to see you there.

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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