Review of John Olson’s “The Nothing That Is”

Steven Fama, the world’s #1 John Olson fan, is at it again with a brilliant new review of Olson’s latest. How bout this cherry-picked quote on poetics:

“You favored a type of poetry that was wild and surreal. A poetry full of phantasmagoria and fugitive meaning. The poetry of delirium. A poetry that did not point in one direction but in many directions. A poetry that capitalized on the inherently hallucinatory properties of language. It had been your experience that most people did not care for this type of poetry. People preferred a more transparent poetry which presented a single lyrical emotion in an anecdotal setting. The bland and acceptable poetry which was generally featured on NPR, read by Garrison Keillor, and got all the NEA grants.

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.

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