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.

http://stevenfama.blogspot.com/2010/06/storms-and.html

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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