Peter Culley Dead

Peter Culley

Peter Culley 1958 – 2015

This was originally posted on the Cascadia Poetry Festival by Kim Clark (below). See also an interview your humble narrator did with Peter last year. (http://paulenelson.com/2014/06/29/peter-culleys-hammertown/)

He will be missed.

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Peter Culley, one of our local Cascadia poets, passed away in his sleep Friday, April 10, 2015. He was scheduled to be one of the featured readers at the third Cascadia Poetry Festival in Nanaimo, BC, Apr 30-May3.

Such a loss. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

A LETTER TO HAMMERTOWN 

(excerpt)

I abandon my self
to a blushing
of precise boundaries,
like where a squirrel would
step up to snap the branch
back fast enough
to ride the torque all the way back,
a walnut under each arm–
getaway with intent to spring
rather than English leave.

It’s why I wear my
shirts backwards
& my jacket is the color
of the sky.

 

Peter Culley‘s books of poetry include The Climax Forest (Leech 1995), Hammertown New Star 2003, The Age of Briggs & Stratton (New Star 2008) and Parkway (New Star).  His essays and art writing have been appearing since 1986.

 

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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