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Wish You Were Here (Drew Myron)

It’s postcard season, and I’m ready! Once, a young friend went to Europe....

Bonus for Non-U.S. Poetry Postcard Fest Participants

Bonus for non-USA Poetry Postcard Fest participants in 2024 for the 18th iteration of the event which starts July 4, 2024.

Robert Michael Pyle Interview

Bob met me at the retro Atomic Motel and we talked for over an hour about his new book, the poems in it, his childhood, bioregionalism, his trip to Cuba, Vladimir Nabokov’s notion via biographer Brian Boyd of “attending to the individuating detail” of one’s life (an upgrade from the same notion I’ve gotten from Blake and Pound) and his general “thing” “close attention to the natural world.” It’s the June 2024 Cascadian Prophets podcast:

Poetry & Posole

Poetry and Posole Cascadia Day Celebrate the power of the natural world...

Mapes Creek Blessing

Some photos and notes from the April 27 2024 Blessing of Mapes Creek facilitated by the Cascadia Poetics Lab in Rainier Beach.

Interview with Bill Porter on the Film “Dancing With the Dead”

Paul E Nelson interviews Bill Porter on the film “Dancing With the Dead: Red Pine and the Art of Translation as it screens Sunday, April 21 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Cascadian Zen at Village Books April 21, 2024

We hope to see you at Village Books in Bellingham for a reading of...

Tessa Hulls Interview Feeding Ghosts

Paul E Nelson interviews Tessa Hulls on Feeding Ghosts her graphic memoir

In Praise of Andrew Schelling’s Course on The Cantos

Adelia MacWilliam of the Cascadia Poetics Lab writes in praise of the Cantos of Ezra Pound course facilitated by Andrew Schelling

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Cascadia Poetics LAB was known as SPLAB prior to September 2021. Here you will find past SPLAB blog articles going back to 2009.

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Mapes Creek Blessing

Some photos and notes from the April 27 2024 Blessing of Mapes Creek facilitated by the Cascadia Poetics Lab in Rainier Beach.

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NW Dharma Association on Cascadian Zen

NW Dharma Association on Cascadian Zen

Cascadian Zen has received a wonderful reception from the regional Zen community. The Northwest Dharma Association published a blog post about the book. An excerpt:

The original idea for the book and Watershed Press came from a small, literary arts organization called The Cascadia Poetics Lab. It is based in the Rainier Beach neighborhood in Seattle—we celebrate our 30th anniversary in December 2023—and its mission is “Empowering people to practice poetry & deepen connections to place, self & the present moment.”

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Robert Bringhurst The Ridge Interview Part 2

Robert Bringhurst The Ridge Interview Part 2

Through his books, I took lessons from Ezra Pound, who was a schoolmaster at heart and had a lot of things to say about what young poets should read and how they should read it. His politics were bonkers, but his ear was a good ear. I learned a lot from him and from others. But it dawned on me one day that my literary schooling had a gaping hole in the center. Except as a colonial construction, the land I was born in – the whole continent and hemisphere I was born in – was missing from this otherwise detailed map of the literary world. It was as if there were no Native American culture, no Native American literature – and I knew this to be false,

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