Rain on Your Living Room Tuesday April 5

“No, Alex, it’s not a myth. It rains a lot in Seattle.” Words I’d heard from various sources before moving out here less than a year ago. Little could I imagine the all-pervasiveness – the wet presence that affects Seattlites in one way or another for three-quarters of the year, either on a personal level or by creeping into the city’s collective (un)conscious(ness). Then to have it creep into your poetry! How does the rain affect you? Does it energize you? Get you down? Do you appreciate the year-round greenery? Are you lying to yourself? We’ll talk about how regional weather either appears in or at least influences our writing, and see if we can’t look at the rain through some new, creative lenses. It’s here, damn it, let’s deal with it. Bring rain-inspired poetry – yours or by others – to share with the group. Alex Bleecker facilitates.

Your Living Room donation of $5 helps SPLAB put on special events and continue programming AND gets you an entry in our monthly raffle. Please bring 8 copies of the work you plan to read. If you do not bring copies, they are available for 10c.

Living Room happens at SPLAB 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. Free parking is available on the school grounds.

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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