Living Room Tuesday N.29.11 7P

Living Room has been brewing with ideas about poetics lately—from the Dada-esque/anti-Dada primal sound poetry of Kurt Schwitters, to Anne Sexton’s reappropriations of myths, and new ways to look at Thanksgiving.  All this has led some rich conversations, however at the expense of only being able to workshop a handful of poems in each session.  This Tuesday, we’re getting back to basics—that is, back to discussing our own original work.  After a brief discussion (and exercise?) on the use of wordplay to open up meaning (i.e. puns, anagrams, palindromes), we’ll be focused on workshopping our own poetry.  Bring at least ten copies (if you can) of a poem you’d like to get some feedback on, and either some clichéd expression, phrase, or idea you’re interested in transforming through wordplay. Alex Bleecker is your fearless leader for the evening.

Monosyllabic words

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 continue our 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 at 3651 S. Edmunds. (Look for the SPLAB sign on the wall and come inside.) 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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