Pacific Rim Poetics Preview (workshop)

Pacific Rim Poetics

(a SPLAB Workshop Preview

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 12N-3P)

Basho

Basho

People in the rest of the U.S. and in Europe have difficulty in adjusting to the fact that the Pacific Coast of America faces the Far East, culturally as well as geographically… The residents of California, Oregon, and Washington are as likely to travel across the Pacific as across the continent and the Atlantic.

– Kenneth Rexroth

What does it mean to be a West Coast poet? Or to broaden the view, a Pacific Rim poet? In this course, we’ll explore innovative (& classic) Pacific Rim poetics. Basho’s Haibun, Sei Shonagon’s list poems, the serial poems of Jack Spicer, Nathaniel Mackey and Robin Blaser and Lissa Wolsak’s phosphorus of the mystery. Class time will be given to readings (& listenings) of work, as well as writing exercises and discussion. Get a better understanding of your place as a poet in this corner of the world.

Lissa Wolsak Marqueed

Lissa Wolsak Marqueed

Paul Nelson: Founder of SPLAB (SPokenword LAB). Author: Organic Poetry (essays, Oct. ‘08, VDM Verlag, Germany) & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (Oct. ’09, Apprentice House). Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Eileen Myles, Jerome Rothenberg & others. M.A.: Lesley

Paul Nelson in Brussels, May 2010

Paul Nelson in Brussels, May 2010

University. Shortlisted for the Stranger Genius Award in Literature, 2010.

The workshop happens Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 12N – 3PM at SPLAB, 3528 S. Ferdinand, but enter in back, on Edmunds. Suggested donation $20, students $10, but no one will be turned away.

Robin Blaser

Robin Blaser

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

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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