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

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger.) He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com

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3 Responses to Four Hoarse Men Sound Poetry

  1. jwcurry says:

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

  2. jwcurry says:

    & howcom the previous comment is likewise unviewable? weird…

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