Deborah Poe Interview (June 30, 2019)

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections keep (from Dusie Press), the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). She founded and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit and has taught at Pace University, Western Washington University, Binghamton University, SUNY, the Port Townsend Writer’s Workshop in Washington, Casa Libre en La Solana in Tucson and served as Distinguished Visiting Writer for Seattle University during Winter Term 2016.

Deborah Poe

Deborah Poe (photo by Paul E Nelson)

Her new book is Keep and she stopped by SPLAB World Headquarters in Rainier Beach (Seattle) on Sunday, June 30, 2019, to discuss it. We talked about her interest in neuroscience, Buddhism (via Dõgen and Norman Fischer), the philosophy of Edward S. Casey, musical references in her work (Billie Holiday and Chet Baker) and Proun, a concept that comes out of Russian artist El Lissitzky.

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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1 Response to Deborah Poe Interview (June 30, 2019)

  1. Buffy Shutt says:

    August 2019 was my first time participating in AugustPOetry. POstcard Fest. I loved doing it- some anxiety, some difficulties, but this challenge opened up new pathways for me as a poet. I mailed all my cards by August 30 and I have so far received 20–I hope to get the balance soon. Thanks Paul.

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