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Re: Waterlily Fire Sound Poem

Beginning with an excerpt from an interview with Muriel Rukeyser, the sound poem enters into an exploration of “a language of water.” Rukeyser’s repetition of the word “water” is juxtaposed with the sounds of her gasping for air to generate a slight sense of anxiety leading into “The Burning” of “Waterlily Fire.” I’ve taken an almost 20 minute audio recording of Rukeyser reading Waterlily Fire and have turned it into an 8 minute sound poem. This is one of my favorite pieces of Rukeyser’s writing and so I was being mindful in the condensing process. I thought this recording of her reading was so lovely and I was trying not to distort everything while still trying to use sound manipulation to bring new life to parts of the poem that, in reading, I found particularly enthralling or intriguing.

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April 9, 2013 · 5:36 am