Strange Fruit: Poems on the Death Penalty

I’m delighted to have work in a new anthology entitled: Strange Fruit: Poems on the Death Penalty. It was edited by Sarah Zale and Terry Persun and seeing that our shelter-in-place restrictions designed to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a sort of re-set for our society (& planet) it is good to revisit horrific practices like capitol punishment.

What had planned to be a reading in Port Townsend, with several contributors to the book, myself included, will now be, you guessed it, a Zoom teleconference affair. Featured readers include: Bill Mawhinney, Norma Bishop, Paul Nelson, Nancy Fowler, Terry Persun, Mark Valentine and Sarah Zale.

Thursday, May 14, 7pm. (Open by invitation only).

Capitol punishment is consistent with Trumpism and we must remove every last vestige of this from our society as soon as is peacefully and humanely possible. Dig the back cover of the new book:

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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2 Responses to Strange Fruit: Poems on the Death Penalty

  1. Sally Hedges-Blanquez says:


    Is it possible to get an invite to the reading?


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