From Open Books:

Greetings, Friends of Open Books,

We are just back from the Bulk Mail Center in way-south Seattle, where we
take the hardcopy version of this missive for sending. After handing over
our little bins to Dora, the clerk we’ve known for years, we stopped by the
Georgetown Liquor Company (a charming vegetarian dive) for supper. In the
midst of our food and beverage, a group of men, dressed all in white with
red suspenders, asked permission of the waitress to move several tables,
received it and did so, and then, to everyone’s surprise, began Morris
dancing, exuberantly waving their white handkerchiefs, accompanied by
guitar, squeezebox, and the bells attached to their legs. A second dance,
this one involving the striking of sticks, and then they were gone. We’re
still rather giddy from it all. Their intricate, centuries’-old dancing in
this dark bar lined with video games — such a wonderfully strange,
delightful, and human endeavor — seems a fitting start to a newsletter
about poetry. And so…

Below you will find links to the recently updated listings for this spring’s
last readings at the store
. We’ll be taking our usual summer event hiatus,
beginning again in September. We will be sending out an all-books newsletter
in June — much to read and write about! In the meantime, here are write-ups
of the new books of the next four readers at our podium:

On Tuesday, May 25th at 7:30 PM, Allen Braden will read from “A Wreath of
Down and Drops of Blood,” and Oliver de la Paz will share his latest,
“Requiem for the Orchard.”

On Tuesday, June 1st, at 7:30 PM, Patricia Fargnoli arrives from New
Hampshire to read from “Then, Something.”

And on Friday, June 18th, at 7:30 PM we’ll host Jennifer Boyden, reading
from her recently released collection, “The Mouths of Grazing Things.”

That’s it for now. Read well until next we meet.

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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