Thursday, January 17, 2008

Some samples from Go Mirrored which is now included in the e-chap Six Comets Are Coming available for free download from E·ratio Editions.

The digital traduction is at once a translation and a transmission, a giving over and a return. To the poet, and the poetics of chora, the ultimate success is entirely fortuitous, ah but that is the dominant seventh!

From the introduction:

When you can control what you have no control over, it is no longer a matter of control, but of cooperation, coordination, and receptivity. That is, when assuming a posture (a comportment—a matter of the sensibilities) of "least resistance" ["I have no desire to program you."] towards the technology. [And not unlike "apprehending" a "ready-made."]

The technology doesn't know it is "creating poetry." [Language—or in this case, symbols for signifiers for specific letters, symbols and punctuation marks—doesn't know when it is poetry. But what if it did?]
The technology has no consciousness. The technology doesn't know it is "creating." Stochastic traductions are happening all the time. Are you conscious of this? What is the ambit of your "overall"?

"It goes without saying that dissonances and noises are welcome in this new music.  But so is the dominant seventh if it happens to put in an appearance." —John Cage

"Truth is the revealing of what is concealed." —Martin Heidegger

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I became interested in Christopher Smart back in 1978 by way of the composer Benjamin Britten.  Britten’s ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ (a Festival Cantata) is a setting of parts from Smart’s long poem, Jubilate Agno.  Included (in Britten’s cantata) are some lines from what is probably Smart’s best known lines, ‘For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry.’  Here Smart takes his beloved cat as an example of nature praising God by being simply what the Creator intended it to be.  Probably the popularity of this poem is due to its inclusion in Pound’s anthology.  (Bucke does not include Smart on his list of instances—lesser, imperfect or otherwise—but I think maybe so.)

And now, Hooting Yard present a complete reading of Christopher Smart's Jubilate Agno with Frank Key and Germander Speedwell.

Dear Frank,

Once again I thank you for bringing this reading/recording to my attention. It is simply extraordinary. It is excellent, it is historical. And if I may, I think it is remarkable the having a female voice in the response, this makes the listening easier, never monotonous (never wearisome!). The voices compliment and complement each other. Smart is my affinity, my kin. He is encyclopaedic. I sense so deeply his sense of isolation, I am so deeply moved by his sense of isolation and frustration. At the 1:56 time there begins the part "For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry" and at that pont I followed along in my text. This complete reading of Jubilate Agno has not only been a pleasure and an education for me, it has been an episode.

Yours sincerely,

Friday, January 04, 2008

a noun sing e·ratio 10

With poetry by Josie Schoel, Carol McCarthy, Chris McCreary, John Lowther, Robert Gibbons, Mary Ann Sullivan, J. Crouse, Prakash Kona, and Alan Halsey