THE DAY THE WEATHER DECIDED TO DIE
(After a Haida tale told by Robert Bringhurst)
On hearing the wooden rumble of thunder we realize that we are situated below the platform of the sky. – Ramón Gomez de la Serna
What constitutes a good family they say and give instructions to servants under the backdrop of the hugest sucking sound in history prelude to when the wind’d no longer rumble from under the skirt of the great Ma no longer float a blue heron’s Xacho-side lumber no longer sustain.
Age of celebrity tattoo news of the rise of Yurok
Duwamish Tsimshian Haida Puyallup Muckleshoot Musqueam of tornadoes hurricanes earthquakes tsunamis bee silence Fukushima and Fukushimas to come.
The weather born out of cockleshell embryo or out of snot,
weather that hunts birds and sends winds out in the skins of blue jay, weather that steals hats of campesinos (compassions) for kicks weather that would sprout houses when adopted by a master carver weather that would be a scholar of carving.
The weather when painted would sit facing the sea would weep for owls with spots and
the new northward range of dolphin’s neighborhood weather that would warn of the Big Ones who think of biting weather whose big fish story is dried halibut and waits and waits and waits for a shift in settler rituals.
It could start with today is a good day to die could start with
the inheritance of the campesino (compression) who opened up about his daily prayers for humility or when he the one born in a cockleshell wd dress as wren & sit way above the sea as a cumulus cloud waiting to see what his latihan would bring: dance, song, chant or something more cathartic just beyond his out stretched wings.
Remember: crow’s yr brother, stumps
never lie, nature
6:34P – 6.25.11
SPLAB founder Paul E Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008) & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Northwest poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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A River Runs Through Us Editor’s Note by Judith Roche Lyn Coffin Scott Ezell Sharon Doubiago Elizabeth Austen Kathleen Flenniken Christian Knoeller Lyn Lifshin David Berger Laura Bowers Foreman Sayantani Dasgupta Sibyl James Mary Swander Wendy Noritake Ann Spiers Kathleen Sweeney Brenda Peterson Dick Bakken Linda Rodriguez Michael Schein Carolyne Wright Angel Latterell Kristin Van Tassel Annie Finch Elizabeth Cunningham Cait Johnson Jack Hirschman Paul Nelson