Sunday, September 28, 2008
The above image of four lines (a quatrainwreck) is after Gregory Betts' The Others Raisd in Me, 15 Readings of Sonnet 150 by William Shakespeare, a plunderverse project published by Trainwreck Press. My piece is constructed, not through plunderverse, but by superimposing all of the lines of text from Sonnet 150 on each other. Then applying a little post-Elizabethan Photoshoppynge. Greg's chapbook is available from here.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Gregory Betts and I performed at the Grey Borders series in St Catharines along with Jaap Blonk and Adeena Karasick. The reading was recorded.
Later, in the confines of the National Rhyme Institute's Regional Rhyme Gland Audio Laboratory, I created this piece from the second part of Greg's and my first piece, a rendering of "O Canada" with all the vowels turned into u's. Hence "U Cunudu." Of course, we performed the resultant text as some kind of sound poetry mumbo goulash Four Horseman gumbo.
I removed my spine, ran the recording through a variety of computer processing applications, cut, pasted, basted, twisted, remixed, buried, fed to a duck, rendered all shook up, and created the piece. Many of the processes were based on those I used in the Icelandic piece (Skalla-Grimr) posted below.
Let me know what you think! You may win an orange peel, or a mention in the National Rhyme Institute's Car Floor Mat Compendium!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
*Emily Lloyd over at the always fascinating poesy galore blog linked to this post about Blind Masseurs jumping off a bridge in Korea, in protest against laws which sought to render the role of masseur to be no longer the exclusive role for the blind in Korea, (which provided them with otherwise hard to get employment.) I couldn't help myself, despite Emily putting dibs on the story for use in a poem, I wrote the above piece.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I spent the week with my school at YMCA Camp Wanakita as part of the Sunship Earth ecological/science program with about 90 Grade sixes. While there, we had to adopt a 'nature name' and make and wear a 'wood cookie' around our neck with the name.
Students chose 'Stick,' 'Tiger,' 'Moose,' or 'Wave.' My handle was 'The Lorax,' after the character in the Dr Seuss book who 'speaks for the trees.' Of course some boys would hit a tree and then say, "So, Lorax, what do you have to say now?" My answer was that they would get a splinter when they least expected it.
Overall though, the kids were happy, full of wonder and delight at nature and camp life, and quite enthusiastic about their experience from campfires, forest exploration to just hanging out. I wrote some music in the few moments of free time that I had. I went for some walks in the forest, where I, luckily didn't run into the bear that some of the students saw, or the cougar that I found out later that we were to watch out for. I recorded the sound of lapping water, woodpeckers, various forest noises, and the kids. Recording helps me hear better what things sound like. I end up imagining what the microphone might be recording -- all the details, unfiltered by the tunnel of my consciousness. I also took the pictures attached to this post of Koshlong Lake. Our cabins were about 30 m from the shoreline. And I wrote the short text below.
You are become a leaf, you may rustle if you wish. A fridge, a beaver, and a library book walk into a planet. Does this sentence make me look fast?
Who would be my customers if I were to bottle sadness, anguish, or custodians?
A forest grows in accordance with the history, geography, jurisprudence, or youth-oriented consumer culture of trees. Does this sentence make me look factual?
A TV show focussed entirely on a single tree: the new fall season. The enlightenment jumped the shark a long time ago. Even as the scurvy waves roved the crenelated ridges of the month, the dark tongue roamed toward the bristling edges of the mouth’s shore.
Faced with the fact of the shoe, the foot would be soon be stumbled on. The short blades of the sky grew between the twisted roots, and I helped my father into his chair. A culture based on sap would be sweet. Does this sentence make me look fictional?
Become a tree in the night, become a sapling, become a branch under the full moon, become kindling in the fire’s whisper. A time-travelling bus would always be late for someone. Does this sentence make me look?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
The amazing Icelandic sound poet, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl (check out his sound poems based on the names of dictators) put out a call for non-Icelandic speakers to write poems in Icelandic. I decided to create an electro-acoustic sound poem (linked below) based on a recording of Egil's Saga in Icelandic, plus samples downloaded from a page of Icelandic dog names.
Also included are Tajikistani string instruments, and a variety of drums (Taiko, Moroccan, drumset). Each sample was filtered through software which applies a variety of cutting out & repeating procedures.
I've sent the piece to Eiríkur to ensure that the Icelandic text doesn't inadvertantly insult my mother, all the mothers of Iceland, or request financial advice from the nocturnal weasels of Mozambique and am waiting for his Icelandic OK.
In the meantime, here is the piece. Take that you nocturnal weasels of Mozambique! When I say that all your sinks and tortoises are burnished aqueducts of lonesomeness, I really mean it.