Sound Poems

These poems have a strong or total sonic emphasis, often based on syllables, with conventional meaning usually of secondary or no importance. Play and playfulness tend to be the norm.

Click the arrows to listen to poems with audiofiles. Click a poem title to go to a page with both the text of a poem and the audiofile, so you can read and listen simultaneously. Sometimes the text of a poem and its recording will differ somewhat. Apologies for the uneven and occasional poor quality of the sound.

Following this group of poems is additional material, including Sound to Sound: (En)Chanting Techniques, an essay/article on my sound poetry.

Ah Kiss Me

 

Axioms

 

Badlands Dan

 

California

 

Colorado

 

Don Ann Dan til Dawn

 

The Fawn

 

Heated and Cheated

 

Honey Honey

 

Horus Becomes Isis

 

It Is Is it

 

Kola Joe

 

Lava Lover

 

Miami Maya

 

More Rain

 

On a Fawn

 

On Off On

 

People Dancing

 

Short Poem

 

structure two

 

susan

 

Take a Deep

 

Thor Speaks

 

Torah Tarot

 

Two-Voice Overlap EWRs (Evolving Word Repetitions)

 

Utah

 

wichita falls 1

 

wichita falls 2

 

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Do-It Yourself Sound Poems
by the sea
r
the rise and fall of poetry

More Sound Poems–Handwritten or Typed, Text Only
Click on the page or pages of the poems to make the text larger and more readable.

A DA A
AN NA
on anon
Child–Two Versions
Dance
Dancing
4 Experiments with Syllables
Minim 1 & 2
my moon man
no
oh no
oo o
ow
O Wo Wo
rainman
ra ne
6-Voice Poem
Structure 1 (not quite a sound poem but on the way)
ta la
Way When
You Yo

Additional Material
Instructions for Syllable Poems–These go with “Child” and “4 Experiments” in the previous section and may go with other poems as well.
Sound Poem Designs and Notes after the Manner of the Artist Sol Lewitt
Sound to Sound: (En)Chanting Techniques–an essay/article on my sound poetry
Publications with My Sound Poems
Sound Poetry–Wikipedia

Reviews, Mentions, and Flyers
Richard Kostelanetz, “Text-Sound Art: A Survey,” part 2, in Performing Arts
Journal
, Winter 1978 (Vol. II, No. 3), p. 81.

Stephen Ruppenthal and Larry Wendt, “Vocable Gestures: A Historical Survey of Sound Poetry, in From Europe 1977: Art Contemporary, No. 9 (Vol. 3/No. 1), p. 95.

Stephen Ruppenthal and Larry Wendt, Variety Theatre: An Anthology of Recorded Sound Poetry. San Francisco: La Mamelle, 1977. Booklet accompanying tape of same name listed in “Publications with My Sound Poems” above. Click here for the Variety Theater Sound-Poetry Cassette-Tape Anthology Liner Notes (1977).

New York City Sound-Poetry Event organized in 1975 by Henry Rasof. Programs, bios, and Village Voice review by Tom Johnson.

West Coast International Sound Poetry Festival, November 1977, La Mamelle Arts Center, San Francisco. Flyer. 

Text-Sound-Poetry Exhibits in Italy–selected programs and notes.
Oggi Poesia Domani
Liceo Artistico Statale di Frosinone
Figura/Scrittura/Partitura
Figura/Partitura