McClure Tribute

I am delighted to be part of a Michael McClure Memorial Tribute being produced by City Lights Books on the occasion of Michael’s last book of poems Mule Kick Blues. Details:

On the one-year anniversary of the passing of our dear friend, the great American poet Michael McClure, we present an all-star tribute with many special guests! Sun, May 9, 2021 3:00 PM PDT REGISTER HERE.

This event is happening the day after the book release party for Michael’s final book Mule Kick Blues and Last Poems with Anne Waldman and Eileen Myles. Register for that event here, too!

I first met Michael in 1995 when I interviewed him for his book Three Poems. You can hear the interview here and read the interview in my book American Prophets. I look forward to sharing the story of meeting Michael, interviewing him and reciting some of the poem from that book, Dolphin Skull.


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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