Pacific Rim Poetics, Nov 20


Saturday, November 20, 12 to 3pm @ SPLAB

Suggested Donation $20.00. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Japanese Death Poems

Pacific Rim Poetics

… the Pacific Coast of America faces the Far East, culturally as well as geographically…

–        Kenneth Rexroth

What does it mean to be a Pacific Rim poet? In this workshop, we continue to explore innovative (& classic) Pacific Rim poetics. Poems of the Masters (classic Chinese verse), Japanese Death Poems, Brenda Hillman’s permission to be strange and Andrew Schelling’s post-coyote poetry.

Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman

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.

ABOUT facilitator Paul Nelson: Founder of SPLAB, Author of 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). Shortlisted for the Stranger Genius Award in Literature, 2010. (Download a flyer: Pacific Rim Poetics 2 Poster)

Paul E Nelson

Paul E Nelson

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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