Article on American Sentences

Huge thanks (again) to Tim Green of Rattle Magazine who wrote about my practice of American Sentences for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. The article is called:

I love how Tim changes the narrative from a capitalist point of view relating a personal encounter:

…the future of poetry is in its production, not its consumption. It matters not that poetry is read so much as that it’s written. It’s the process of writing a poem that’s most rewarding — that pause involved in stopping to look beneath the surface of our experiences and poke at the cracks in our understandings. When we get into the habit of doing that, our world becomes a richer place.

Fundamentally, a poem is the act of someone noticing. As linguistic creatures, we were designed to notice and to name, and so poetry will always be central to what it means to be human…

Thanks Tim.

Timothy Green (editor of Rattle magazine & co-founder of Wrightwood Literary Festival. Photo by David Bauman, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Some news about that book is that there will be a second edition scheduled to be published in Fall 2021, again by Apprentice House, with highlights from 20 years of practice if I make it through 2020 with at least one American Sentence per day. Inshallah.

Does that make the current edition a collector’s item?

Buy the book, $11.99.

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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