This is the first “official” poetry postcard of mine for 2015, year 9. I sent out one “practice card” to someone from last year’s list, but THIS year I decided to use Joanne Kyger‘s new book On Time as a source of epigraphs. I am getting so much out of her work which owes much to Philip Whalen, whose biography I am also reading, slowly, this month. The combination of Buddhism, politics and snark are unparalleled in Kyger’s work and, approaching 80, she has been at it for about 60 years. I bet she does not like being reminded of this but it’s better than the alternative, right? It is not yet September, but this card was sent the on the first day of the fest, when the early registrants (Group 1) had signed up and gotten their list for this year’s fest, so off we go to starting to post all of these.
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!