Living Room, Tuesday September 27, 2011

Kimiko Hahn

The mind writes what is.  —Gertrude Stein

Zuihitisu is a classical Japanese form that looks like prose but sounds like poetry. Zuihitsu has been translated as “following the brush” or “random jottings.” The poet accumulates anecdotes, impressions, overheard conversations, lists, diary entries…. real and imaginary musings. In this way the form mirrors the mind as it jogs and jags this way and that.

January 13th.  It’s my first husband’s birthday.  Should I send a card? How young we were! How old now, this body, that lifts free weights three times a week! This body I did not love till after I turned forty—and told myself whatever is flawed is a flaw—not an issue of, say, chocolate.  What to tell my daughters?  . . .

Red, Green, Iceberg—

Musk, Sweet, Winter Wax, Yellow Doll, Honeydew    

from “Pulse and Impulse” by Kimiko Hahn

Come to Living Room to read some of Kimiko Hahn’s contemporary zuihitsu and to try your hand at one of your own!

Also bring a piece of work you’d like to read for our critique session. Writers of all ages and skill levels gather Tuesdays at 7P to read new work, the work of someone else or to just be in the engaging company of other writers. Your donation of $5 helps SPLAB put on special events and continue programming. 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 in the new 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.)

 

 

 

 

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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