Brussels

As you may know by now, your friendly-neighborhood Splabman traveled with his bride-to-be to Brussels in Belguim (& day-tripped to Paris & Bruges) for the Tools of the Sacred conference.

Brussels photos are linked here.
The essay I wrote for the conference is here.
The powerpoint I created for my Brussels presentation is here.

Meeting Gillian Parrish (Washington University, St. Louis), and witnessing her presentation: “This Cunning World Made Flat: The Practiced Gaze of Bone Pagoda and Buddhist Tantra” was a highlight.

I enjoyed Lyn McCredden‘s:
“Sacred and Secular in Australian Poetry”

as well as Peter Cockelburgh, whose presentation on Pierre Joris was quite interesting. Peter is a Belgian and struck me as a quintessential European, with his mastery of three languages and ability to move seamlessly between them. That aids his Joris research.

and enjoyed meeting Loren Schwartz of York University in Toronto, Michael Heller the Oppen scholar, Trevor Carolan of Vancouver, BC (& the Pacific Rim Review of Books) and the conference organizer and all-around generous and gracious host, Franca Bellarsi. She said the next conference is in 2013 and will be Biofilia and Biophobia.

I did a reading with Peter Cockelburgh and four other writers, Jay Ramsay, the very funny Paul McDonald and Seamus Cashman of the Black Earth Institute.

I’d welcome your feedback on the powerpoint and the essay.

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson:

Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos.

Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others
and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily.

*MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

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