A Sequence of Energies

The organizing topic for the next workshop I will facilitate comes from a notion of Robin Blaser’s about serial form being a: “Sequence of Energies.” In this workshop we take the methods and the organismic stance toward poetics (& life) covered in two previous workshops — Poetics as Cosmology and (Seriality: (A Workshop — and continue to investigate how to deepen one’s own work and life through spontaneous writing, honing the intuition, exercising the imagination & working serially with a “saturation job” (Olson) or a “multi-decade research project” (Ed Sanders). In four weeks we’ll investigate several approaches toward, or sympathetic to serial form, read essays, read and write poems, engage in discussion and have related outside-of-class activities suggested to deepen one’s relation to this stance.

Participation in the previous two workshops not necessary for participation in ASoE but reading the material and doing the exercises is recommended. Registration:


Private, thirty minute one-on-one sessions are available for $30.

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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