12.9.2020 American Sentence

The end of 2020 (aside from spawning millions of “good riddance” celebrations) marks the completion of twenty years of daily practice of American Sentences. These (usually) 17 syllable poems, a form created by Allen Ginsberg, have been a lifeline for me. Having the discipline of writing one every day keeps my perception sharp as possible, connects me daily with composing and creates seeds for longer poems. I will be updating my book of American Sentences, published in 2015, as a second edition, with examples from twenty years of practice in 2021. Meanwhile, here is one from last week. Nothing special, but displays solidarity with folks who have had a hard time in 2020.

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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