Iris Cushing on David Henderson and Mary Norbert Körte

Interview with Iris Cushing on
The First Books of David Henderson & Mary Korte: A Research.
Recorded via Zoom, Sunday, September 6, 2020, at 1pm PDT.

In 1967, the first books of two poets were published by small presses on opposite coasts of the United States: David Henderson’s Felix of the Silent Forest and Mary Norbert Korte’s Hymn to the Gentle Sun. In an essay published as a new chapbbook by Ugly Duckling Presse, poet, scholar, educator and publisher Iris Cushing looks at the context of these supposedly “minor” poets, and through research and conversation with Korte, Henderson and their mutual friend and poetry nexus Diane di Prima, Iris Cushing reconstructs the role of small presses in the countercultural resistance of the late 1960s.

In addition to being a poet, scholar and educator, Iris Cushing is Founding Editor of Argos Books. She has had poems and critical writings published in prestigious publications lke the Boston Review and the Academy of America Poets Poem-a Day series. A doctoral candidate in English at the City of New York Graduate Center, she is currently at work on a biographical dissertation: Pierce and Pine: Diane di Prima, Mary Norbert Korte and the Question of Matter and Spirit. We were blessed to have her with us via Zoom about the book and her work.

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 Iris Cushing on David Henderson and Mary Norbert Körte

  1. Sara Bingham says:

    This is thrilling. That Iris Cushing is bringing these works to light again, and that she is so devoted and excited by her studies just makes me so, so happy. Another GREAT interview by Paul Nelson that reveals an enlarged and more inclusive view of poets, poetics, & spirituality.

  2. Splabman says:

    Bless you Sara. You’re very kind.

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