Living Room w/ Maryna Ajaja and Mayakovsky

mayakovsky

mayakovsky

To open up our second SPLAB Living Room Tuesday, November 2, Maryna Ajaja will read a small essay on rhythm, How Are Verses Made? by Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Why Mayakovsky?  Because he was a revolutionary poet, a genius, a hipster, actor and artist — and because the essay is musical and short, and because, “…rhythm is the basis for any poetic work.”

I walk along, waving my arms and mumbling almost wordlessly now shortening my steps so as not to interrupt my mumbling, now mumbling more rapidly in time with my steps…

Bring new work for a gentle critique by those gathered, read the work of someone else, or come just to be in the engaging company of other writers. $5 suggested donation keeps SPLAB open, and every $5 donated gets you an entry in our monthly raffle for SPLAB swag!

7P, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, in the Cultural Corner, 3528 S. Ferdinand, but enter on Edmunds. Parking is available RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR and we’re three blocks from the Columbia City Link Light Rail station.

Afterwards we’ll get drunk at the Ale House and complain about the election results.

Maryna Ajaja

Maryna Ajaja

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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