Organic Poetry Essays

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Projective Verse: The Spiritual Legacy of the Beat Generation

McClure’s Mephistos (pdf)

Introduction to Footsteps

Introduction to Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia

More on Spring And All (William Carlos Williams)

Postcard Poems as Peace Process

Why Cascadia, Why Poetry?

Notes on The Practice of Outside: Robin Blaser’s Divine Real

How to Write a POstcard POem

The Tao of Postcards

Notes on A Little History (Ammiel Alcalay)

Sept 30, 2012 UW Bothell presentation: Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies

Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies

2012 August Poetry Postcard Afterword

Notes on The Ambassador from Venus (Robert Duncan)

Notes on Anuncio’s Last Love Song (Nate Mackey)

Fail Large

The Meat Reason of the Last Beat: McClure’s Latihan

Neo-Barroco: the Missing Group of the New American Poetry

Intro to the 2nd edition of Michael McClure’s Specks, published by Talon Books, Van, BC.

Introduction to Along The Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review of Books, Vol II

Pacific Rim Poetics (essay from which my presentation at the 3rd Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival, China, August 8, 2011 was based.)

The Meat Lab of Michael McClure (Nov ’10)

Interview OF Paul E Nelson by Greg Bem (10.25.2010)

Innovative Northwest Poets (For Rattapallax Magazine)

Projective Verse: The Spiritual Legacy of the Beat Generation

Presented at the Tools of the Sacred conference in Brussels, May 2010

Introduction to Organic Poetry

The first of these essays were originally created for my graduate work at Lesley University. (A Program Summary is viewable.) My gratitude goes out to the poets represented here, especially Michael McClure, Sam Hamill, George Bowering, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, Joanne Kyger and others I had the honor to interview, those poets who did readings at the Northwest SPokenword LAB between February 1997 and April 2005, the various members of my study team, including Frank Trocco and Judith Cohen of Lesley University, David Thomson, Judith Roche and Amalio Madueño.

I am grateful also to my daughter Rebecca Rose Nelson who taught me a thing or two about how to study, to my Pop, Paul Everett Nelson Sr. who helped out financially, Mom whose Cuban heritage I began to understand better after my visit to Cuba, and to all those who inquired about this work, or helped through taking workshops I have facilitated since 1997. Grazie to my SPLAB!-on-the-Road workshop partner and html coach David Rizzi who has been very helpful in getting this site on-line. Thanks also to Denise Enck for her web support and the Richard Hugo House for giving me the opportunity to facilitate extended courses in Organic Poetry. Finally, I am also grateful to the Puget Sound literary community for helping me develop as a writer and student of poetics and Red Sky Poetry Theater, the best reading series I have ever had the pleasure of attending.

What is Open Form Poetry?

Walt Whitman: Poet of Parturition

What is Consciousness?

Cultural Connections (Cuba)

Writing Out of Hell: The Practice of William Carlos Williams

A Response from Amalio Madueño

The Oosumich of Open Form

Dualism and Olson’s Antidote

The Sound of the Field (Olson)

American Sentences: Catching the Shadow of the Moment (Allen Ginsberg)

Changing a Culture: A Look at Cultural Modernism and Free Market Verse

3rd Semester Bibliography

Organic Poetry (Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov)

Evolving The Organic (Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov)

Why Poetry Matters: An Interview with Sam Hamill

Inside Dolphin Skull (Michael McClure)

Crafting the Organic: George Bowering’s Kerrisdale Elegies

Tracking the Fire in Open Form (An Interview with Robin Blaser)

Response to McClure’s Mysteriosos

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