The Present Absence? (Living Room for Tuesday 9.13.11, 7P)

In the 1880’s Nietzsche declared, God is Dead.  God remains dead.  And we have killed him.  Atheists would argue God was never alive to begin with.  Religious fundamentalists disagree.  But for the large majority of us – Agnostics, freethinkers, lapsed…whatevers – there’s an element of uncertainty about the existence of the divine – however defined.  Rather than engaging in a theological debate, we’ll examine poems that question the notion of big-G God – poems that describe those moments when we’ve felt somethingDid that really just happen?  Did I feel what I think I felt?  Am I a believer or a non?  Bring poems – original or otherwise – that investigate this theme. Alex Bleecker is your facilitator.

Living Room is a wrier’s critique circle that happens in 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. Parking is available on the school grounds.)  Join us every Tuesday at 7PM, suggested donation $5 to help keep the lights on.

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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