Ed Varney (A Lot of Nada)

It was Michael McClure in about 2004 who suggested I go beyond the U.S. when studying Open Form poetry. That led me to José Kozer (Cuban, though living in Hallandale Beach, FL) and poets in B.C. like George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, George Stanley, Robin Blaser, Sharon Thesen, Barry McKinnon and Ed Varney. I have interviewed all those poets. My interview with Ed is here. See my interview landing page here:

American Prophets

And in reading a recent journal entry, found a postcard poem written in honor of Ed Varney:

(Consider registering for THIS YEAR’S Poetry Postcard Fest.) His “Nada” comes out of Dada and, sure enough, he’s a Cascadian Dada poet/artist, represented (& one of the main forces behind) this chapbook:

My 9 year old daughter Ella particularly liked a piece by Mary Nash:

And Ed is also part of a regional anthology of poets from the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island that includes Dan Kirk, Lorraine Martinuik, Adelia MacWilliam and other fine poets. The book is Drift: Poems and Poets from the Comox Valley. Ed starts the book with:

Even Ed’s envelopes are excellent:

Zoom in on his fake “Canadada” stamp.

What an inventive man! I loved interviewing him in 2016. (Listen to that HERE.) And doing his thing at the edge of the world not especially caring if people notice, though I do and am grateful to know him.

Ed Varney Interview

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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