Last Year’s Pandemic Postcard (Not Yet)

My practice each morning includes reading the journal entry from the same day of the previous year. For instance, today I read Monday, April 6, 2020. It was Day 24 of the Shelter-in-Place recommendation and I was already showing off designed masks:

Thanks Buffy!

Now that everyone here at Casa del Colibrí is post-Moderna, we are breathing a little easier and can maybe laugh a little at how we responded to the lockdown near the beginning. Starting the Poetry Postcard Fest early was wise. The postcard poem below was written BEFORE I started making the card images AFTER writing the poem, so they had not yet hit their stride in terms of a more unified gesture, which helps when work is a little on the difficult side. I write that way not for the purposes of evasion or exclusion, but because I want to see what is at the core of my being and release that which is not free. That is my wish for all humans. Ashé.

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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