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 E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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