Poems for Peace (Seattle)

Last night the Poems for Peace event was staged for the first time in Seattle at the Spring Street Center. A full report would be wonderful, but Meena Rose drove from Portland to participate and display her visual poems for peace. I found out only last night that she had to flee Baghdad as a war refugee, but this is her short Facebook post about last night’s event:

Poems for Peace

Poems for Peace

The Poems for Peace, Seattle event was nothing short of amazing. It was a long day for all of us: the drive, a couple of hours touring the Pacific Science Center then the magic of the evening culminating in a night of poetry, food and music.

I made a number of amazingly deep connections – some so deep and intense that I no longer remember the name of the person but only the significant imprint they left on my soul. 

The flute music was nothing short of spectacular – hauntingly inviting. [Jim O’Halloran]. The Rant performed by Paul Nelson and his wife Meredith was phenomenal. [Diane diPrima’s poem].  The other readers simply WOWED. I definitely felt quite honored to be reading in the midst of such talented poets and performers.

Last but not least, I need to thank my children for allowing me this evening. They were the only kids on site and were relatively extremely patient with Mom doing her thing despite the late hour and the growing crankiness.

We will celebrate the U.N.’s International Day of Peace next year, as this SICA-initiated event begins to catch on around a planet yearning for something beyond business-as-usual, yearning for our birthright of peace and well-being for all living things everywhere.

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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