Six Week Fall Zoom Workshop

July 18, 2020
by Paul Nelson

Poetics as Cosmology
(Intro to Spontaneous Composition)

A six week online (Zoom) workshop for people who have had a little experience in spontaneous poetry composition and want more. Join SPLAB and Poetry Postcard Fest Co-Founder Paul E Nelson in a lively course designed to start where the poetry postcard fest left off and to help you tap into deeper levels of knowing that can begin inform your non-writing life. (See Paul’s essays on the subject.) Some theory to understand the poetics of 20th/21st c approaches to spontaneous composition, some writing exercises, discussion, a one-on-one session and, for the inspired, between-class homework. The work of Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Nate Mackey, Robin Blaser and others may be discussed along with concepts such as seriality, investigative poetics & how to write more by reducing your reliance on editing. (POPO2020 registration ends July 18, 2020 at 11:59pm. See:

Cost – $125 (Some scholarships available at a reduced price.) Saturdays starting in October at 10am PDT.

Limit – 15 participants.


  1. Jayne Marek

    Still registering for it? And what times are the Zooms? Thx— Jayne Marek

    • POPO Pops

      10AM Saturdays starting October 3.

    • POPO Pops

      Yes indeedy! Saturdays at 10am starting Oct 3. It would be awesome to see you there. Paul



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