Four Hoarse Men Sound Poetry

Greg Bem, Jason Conger, Joe Chiveney and I have been rehearsing a Sound Poem originally done by the Four Horsemen: bp nichol, Steve McCaffery, Rafael Barreto-Rivera and Paul Dutton. (Their version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahUdQd_YtwM )

Read the comments section there and you get a sense what people think about this kind of poetry, but I think there is something valuable in attempting (sometimes) to communicate  in a way that transcends words.

So, for the January edition of The Breadline, we performed as the Four Hoarse Men and it was recorded by Raanan David and posted here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Hyv_Tf_O8

Here’s the score:

             4 Hoarse Men Sound Poetry Score

Instructions: replicating the unconscious, ecstasy & the dreamlike.  2 conducts. Each scream is 5-6 seconds, facilitated by conductor. Each segment 15-20 seconds.

1 – Jason

2 – Paul

3 – Joe

4 – Greg

COMMENTS

1

SCREAM 1

2

E e e e e e e e

CONDUCTS

ggg rrr www L L L L L L  Z Z Z Z

(2 & 4 silent)

3

SCREAM 2

4

Growling animal, then popping sounds

Choking sounds, gagging lip pops

(2 & 4 silent)

5

SCREAM 3

6

Vowels grunted with tongue

CH CH CH UH UH UH NK NK NK

TU TU TU

AA AA AA

(1 & 3 silent)

7

SCREAM 4

8

E E E E E E

K K K K K

T T T T T T

D D D D D

EEE intermittently

E e e e e e

(1 & 4 silent)

9

SCREAM 5

10

OOOOOOOOH

(as in sue)

OOOOO (turns sexual ecstasy and relief, more quiet)

Anthemic O

OOOOO turning to animal sound

11

SCREAM 6 (End)

I’d welcome your comments.

About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. https://www.paulenelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)
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3 Responses to Four Hoarse Men Sound Poetry

  1. Pingback: Four Hoarse Men Perform Cover the Four Horsemen at the January Breadline » Greg Bem's Stale Attitude

  2. jwcurry says:

    comment didn’t seem to register, pardon me if this repeats:
    howcom the video is unviewable?

  3. jwcurry says:

    & howcom the previous comment is likewise unviewable? weird…

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