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8-10-10_A Time Before Slaughter_NW Poet_Paul E Nelson

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NAMAPAHH First People’s Radio On air discussion w/NW Poet:Paul E. Nelson Re his Poetry Book: A Time Before Slaughter 7-8pmPST/10-11EST 8-9pmPST/11-midnight EST Open Mic/Music Father/Poet/Teacher Paul Nelson,is a Chicago native,Founder of SPLAB(Spokenword LAB),author of a book of essays on poetics,Organic Poetry(Oct. ‘08,VDM Verlag,Germany) & author of a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn,WA, A Time Before Slaughter(Oct.’09,Apprentice House)Auburn was originally called Slaughter.Paul for 26 years in radio,interviewing Allen Ginsberg,Michael McClure,Anne Waldman,Sam Hamill,Robin Blaser, Wanda Coleman,Eileen Myles,Jerome Rothenberg, George Bowering & others.He earned his M.A. from Lesley University in Organic Poetry,a study of North American poets writing(to different degrees)spontaneously,writes one American Sentence every day & lives in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood with his wife,the free-lance writer, Meredith Sedlachek. Some reviews:"Paul Nelson's epic Slaughter explores the history,mythology and ecology of a place,a meeting-ground for various cultural interchanges, both good & bad,in the tradition of Charles Olson's Maximus Poems or W.C. Williams’Paterson,but uniquely his own.It is a pleasure to read—enlightening, serious,funny, and overflowing with life.~Sam Hamill" "A TIME BEFORE SLAUGHTER walks with great poetical ability the fine & difficult line between the political & the poetical:a fine line that in most poets leads to the political tract,which shortsells the poetical.Paul Nelson, on the contrary,manages to deal with today's world,& its terrible pitfalls,with an eye on creation & not on cheap lamentation:it results in a book where neither poetry nor nature,nor life or history,are tamed;they are exalted,in all its complex reality,through a sustained poetical state that turns A TIME BEFORE SLAUGHTER into an authentic work of art.~José Kozer"