Songs Without Words

These poems were inspired by Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words. The experiment of how to read pictures had gotten so prominent that I decided to try making some poems with no words at all–only pictures and textures–and try to verbalize those pictures and textures as poetry.

All three of the Songs Without Words were birthday presents, for people in their 40s.  In 2005, I wrote text poems from these collages and performed them at New Langton Arts with Rob Halpern, Eleni Stecopoulos, and Taylor Brady. I believe that this series, including additional textual readings of the collages, may still be in progress.

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