While I'm in the scanning mood/mode, here's another performance score (from SCORE 9) I hope you find the time and space in our world to sound out. I especially like the idea of doing this poem during worship. The more unusual the place, the more unusual the effect. Help us all get a buzz:
[anything that can be understood] always exists among other meanings as a link in the chain of meaning, which in its totality is the only thing that can be real. In historical life this chain continues infinitely, and therefore each individual link in it is renewed again and again, as though it were being reborn."
"Uncovered" by M. M. Bakhtin in "Forms of Time and Chronotope in the Novel":
"If I relate (or write about) an event that has just happened to me, then I as the teller (or writer) of this event am already outside the time and space in which the event occurred. It is just as impossible to forge an identity between myself, my own 'I," and that "I" that is the subject of my stories as it is to lift myself up by my own hair."
Below is my score for the three-part sound poem derived from Bob Cobbing's name. Oft-performed by Bill DiMichele, Laurie Schneider, and me, it's got a way of popping into my head. I can me sitting waiting for red light to turn green when up pops "Bing Bob Cob/Cob Bing Bob/Cob Bob Bing..."
Check out the Vassilakis work on-line I've linked below. See it top to bottom, seize it inside out, outside in, ionustisdiede.... Bookmark it. Go back to it next week. Go back to it a month from now. Next year. Next decade.
You can't tell me the work hasn't changed your way of seeing language at the letter level, at the subconscious layer before letter, the phoneme, the phrase, the psycho-utterance, the space, the spice, the species of language.
If it hasn't expanded your vision of as of October 22, 2006, tell me why.
'Tis with mixed emotions I greet Jackson MacLow's Doings: Assorted Performance Pieces 1955-2002 published by Granary Books. First the delight: "The book contains recent work as well as substantial sections from the near legendary 'Vocabulary Gathas' and includes a studio-quality CD of audio recordings, produced by Charlie Morrow, several of which are co-composed and co-performed by Mac Low together with his wife, the poet, composer, and visual artist Anne Tardos." Yow! These are monumental works under-appreciated, under-performed. I'm gleeful they are being re-released onto to the respecting and unsuspecting public. My sadness? The book costs $50. That price chops off most of the poetry reading public. Rather than making MacLow's work precious, the fetish of collectors, we need inexpensive editions that can land into the hands of poets and performers who can continuously breath life into the works, blowing off the mausoleum dust that often chokes off the work's vitality.
So here's to this edition of Jackson's work! Here's a call, too, to the publisher who gets his work into performer's hands, young, old, and middle.
Way, way, way back in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was just beginning to dupe the populace into thinking (if the populace ever thinks), as straight-shooter of the cold war, that he was one of the greatest presidents of all-time, I set out to upend the political spectrum through a found/edit series of reading/writing. Like Bern Porter, I was interested in exposing what in public/published work that the work itself was not aware of, putting a context into out-of-context. I intended to read the right-hand of a leftist text, the center of an apolitical writer, and the left-hand of a neutral/neutered text. For this proposed trilogy, I also added another level, me, as editor, selecting out of the results the findings that didn't startle me.
Looking to counter/re/act the right of the spectrum, I tipped the scales by reading/writing the right-hand margin (covering the rest of the page with a folded sheet of paper) of Ron Silliman's Tjanting, resulting in "Reading His Margins," a chapbook published by Geof Huth as dbpq #120. To titillate the center, the tepid moderates of our world, I worked on a reading/re-writing of James Joyce's Ulysses, a work that over several years and incessant cutting (all the words remained Mr. Joyce's) appeared as a nine prose poems in "Yes James, Yes Joyce," a chapbook published by Steve Tills' Loose Gravel Press. One of my favorites, though, the one I invested the most time in, was a methodical "leftist reading/writing of Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary (Yes, I read the whole dictionary, page by light-weight page, but just the left-side of each entry). Dict, published by xexoxial editions, was the result.
This is all to say, despite George's slippage, I'm on the hunt for some more political voodoo. Who do? Where?