Organic Poetry Essays

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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.