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Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson
Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson is a poet, teacher, broadcast interview host, and a charter e-poets.net site director in Auburn, Washington. He is director of the Northwest Spokenword Lab (Northwest SPLAB!), a recognized venue for written and performed poetry in the Seattle-Tacoma area. The SPLAB! serves an intergenerational audience with opportunities to develop and share one's writing. Nelson has interviewed such notable poets as Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Eileen Myles, Jerome Rothenberg and Diane di Prima for his broadcasting enterprise, now known as Global Voices Radio.

Nelson is working on an epic poem which re-enacts the history of Auburn, Washington, originally known as the town of Slaughter. In A Time Before Slaughter, the poem is written in the spirit of William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson and Michael McClure because it endeavors to tell the history of a place. It is written spontaneously (projectively, in the living language), with an attempt to break new ground and relate stories that otherwise would be forgotten. Some stories include the myths of Native people and the xenophobia that existed against the Japanese-American citizens of the town in the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries. An epic that describes how America works through the example of Slaughter's compelling history, including the present, and the conflict within the individual between the need to control and dominate jutaposed with the urge to faciliate liberation.

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The following pieces were recorded in 2004, for the cycle A Time Before Slaughter.

A Time Before Slaughter
First Jail
Another Bird Song
Letter 13: Plum Stain
Slaughter's Match

Twisting Runes
recorded and originally presented on e-poets.net in 2000

- May 2004