The Individual in the World (Living Room, Tue 12.21.10, 7P, plus an extra big holiday raffle)

glass citySince New Yorker Alex Bleecker won’t be spending the holidays back home, he decided to bring New York to the Living Room.  This Tuesday, participants will engage in a brief, yet meaningful look at the first seven sections of the title poem of self-declared Objectivist poet George Oppen’s Pulitzer Prize winning collection Of Being Numerous (1968), originally titled A Language of New York. (Don’t worry – you won’t have to have lived in an uber-metropolis to be able to contribute to the conversation.  Google images of contemporary Tokyo – you’ll get a sense of it.)

We will examine “The sad marvels” of what it means to be a conscious, emotional human being engaged in defining the self in the midst of a modern, urban “city of the corporations” – a simultaneously dehumanizing and life-affirming space where “the emotions are engaged” even when “Glassed / In dreams / And images.”  We will look at the text of the poem in addition to listening to a reading by Oppen himself.

And did we mention we’ll be celebrating the holidays with our big raffle? You must be present to win awesome prizes from Columbia City Cinema, Island Soul, Full Tilt Ice Cream & More!

Living Room happens in the Cultural Corner of the old Columbia School, between Rainier AV S and 36th AV S, on Edmunds. We’re 2 blocks from the Columbia City Link Light Rail Station. Parking is available on the school grounds. Suggested donation is $5 or more so we can keep the doors open.

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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