Happy 87th Michael McClure

Oct 2010 Mt. Constitution, Orcas Island

I loved hearing Michael McClure and Allen Ginsberg at Naropa in 1976. See:

Allen Ginsberg & Michael McClure – 1976 Naropa “Retrospective” Reading

and thinking that may have been the visit where Michael did his presentation on the Personal Universe Deck. See:

Personal Universe Deck

I can’t today articulate all that Michael McClure has meant to me in my poetry life, in my life. He helped twine the two by suggesting I read Projective Verse and it is a cosmology, a life-way as well as a poetics, something SPLAB was built on and which the SPLAB Board and I will begin to articulate in the next year. For now though, please enjoy this birthday poem written for Michael on his 87th:

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards. 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: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) 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. www.PaulENelson.com
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