from House At Out

by Mark Goodwin - poet-sound-artist

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These sound-enhanced poems are from my full-length collection
- House At Out - published by Shearsman Books, 2015.

These poems are examples of my 'gappy poetry' (which can be found in my books: 'Back of A Vast' & 'House At Out', published by Shearsman Books).

Part 1 of The Ear Tree (or Theatre) is read honouring the gaps (and the word-splits).

Part 2 of Th(e) Ear Tre(e) is read more naturally, and in a way that expresses the poem before the 'gapping procedure' was imposed on it.

Th(e) Ear Tre(e) is an example of a 'poetry engine', where two poems are written and then combined into a third, through line-splicing. In this case the first poem focuses on 'theatre', and the second on 'ear'.

'Fice' is a combination of studio vocal recording (the spoken poetry) and field-recording. The primary field-recording is a vocal improvisation in a Victorian underground reservoir in Leicestershire, made with my son Louis Goodwin, and my partner Nikki Clayton. Other field-recording was made on the boat I live on, and consists of basket and sticks and a Morso multi-fuel stove.

The soundscape/soundbed for Th(e) Ear Tre(e) is largely constructed from (processing in various ways) the underground reservoir field-recording used in 'Fice'.


released August 31, 2016

poetry, vocals & production: Mark Goodwin
supporting vocals: Nikki Clayton & Louis Goodwin
photo: Nikki Clayton




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