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




Badlands Dan






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




Take a Deep


Thor Speaks


Torah Tarot


Two-Voice Overlap EWRs (Evolving Word Repetitions)




wichita falls 1


wichita falls 2



Do-It Yourself Sound Poems
by the sea
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.

on anon
Child–Two Versions
4 Experiments with Syllables
Minim 1 & 2
my moon man
oh no
oo o
O Wo Wo
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
, 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