Sam Green’s ATBS Binding

Huge gratitude goes out to Washington’s first Poet Laureate, Sam Green, who has bound my new book A Time Before Slaughter/Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He did it a week or so ago and sent it to an old address of mine. I had to retrieve it from Columbia City! But the woman there was kind, apologetic that she opened the package and knew immediately that it was “important.” Agreed!

I’ll buy a cup of socially-distant coffee for the first person who tells me in which poem in the new edition of the book a reader can find a reference to Sam.

Thank you Sam Green!!! What beautiful work. I will treasure this forever.

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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4 Responses to Sam Green’s ATBS Binding

  1. Hello Paul — finally got my Lenovo running again (after a mute year); now if I can just remember how the darned thing works! The cover of Sam’s new rendering of ‘Slaughter’ is truly lovely. Sooo elegant! Congratulations: what a treasure. Through the grapevine, I hear you’re soon to be a father-in-law. Good God, man, next thing we know you’ll be sunk in Lawrence Welk reruns, and wearing shoes! Seriously, it’s good to know you’re still out there in the world, keeping the faith. Stay well, hear?

  2. Jason Wirth says:


    What a superb binding! Sam’s work is without peer. This is a priceless treasure.


  3. Lowell Murphree says:

    This looks fabulous, Paul. Congratulations and very best wishes for health and joy. Stay well!

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