Here is the 3rd postcard poem from this year’s fest and my 473rd overall since the postcard fest started in 2007. I love the Levertov quote to begin this poem. How many times do we hear poems that long for something? Put down the pen and DO IT you want to scream at the poet who longs out loud (or on paper) for something, but they’re not going to understand. It’s a matter of consciousness. We’re put at least two times away from the source of energy with poems composed like this. I prefer Levertov’s method, especially in the period from which this quote was taken, 1946. Even before she wrote essays about the organic method, she intuited the power of composing that way. With the organic, the poem does not describe as much as enact. It is an event, not the record of an event. It engages the self on the deepest level, that which engages the human’s proprioceptive capacities. Video below.
Throughout the year, we organize events designed to foster a community of like-minded people centered around organic, open-form poetry, and an ecological philosophy that emphasizes a connection to our bioregion, its history and the indigenous people that lived here long, long before colonization. We aim to expose our supporters to ideas about art as an art-of-living practice, inspired by the spiritual practice of understanding the bioregion surrounding us: soil, air, water, flora, fauna, and weather. In 2023, we hosted a successful Poetry Postcard Fest and the 7th Cascadia Poetry Festival, along with launching Watershed Press and publishing our anthology Cascadian Zen Vol. I. This is all thanks to donations from people like you!