reading/solo performance

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torsion poems, preverbs & axial drumming

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Tspace reading-performance in Rhinebeck, NY, June 18th, 2011, curated & introduced by Susan Wides. Following a reading by Carter Ratcliff, GQ reads poems including torsion poems and preverbs (sounds right & things done for themselves), accompanied by axial drumming (acoustic snare with kalimba on drum head) converting the underlying rhythm of single-line preverbs into open percussive patterning. Following the text read aloud was the second performance of RADIO MINDS, including preverbs both on digital LED sign and sampled onto a Roland SPD 9-pad electronic drum, along with axial drumming on a Roland Octapad using 8 drum sets in sequence. (LED preverbs design by Susan Quasha.)
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Tspace is a private gallery designed by architect Steven Holl next to his house outside Rhinebeck (curator Susan Wides), showing the work of Mike Metz at this time.

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Verbal Paradise (preverbs)

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This is the first public reading of Verbal Paradise (preverbs), which is itself the first of a projected six books of preverbs, recently published by Zasterle Press (La Laguna, Spain: 2011), under the editorship of Manuel Brito.
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The reading took place in Kingston, New York on February 12th, 2011 in the Cadmium Text Series curated by Anne Gorrick at R&F Paint, who introduced the reading. It engaged the first and last poem-complexes as indicated with bold in the book’s table of contents below:

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pre play
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this is not what you think
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my past’s different from what used to be
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verbal paradise is not a turn away
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defining gesture
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bottling up
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response request
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holding you at a distance

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pre, a coda

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[Available from SPD]

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