Monday, August 24, 2015
poem || Lawrence Upton
Poem for one or two voices #1
This poem is to be heard rather than read. Take it slowly, performers.
There are thirteen (13) utterances which alternate in kind.
There are seven (7) three-line sub-semantic utterances.
There are six (6) one-line semantic utterances.
Just read the semantic utterances! With no acting, no pretty or affected voices; but do not read it dead-voiced, please.
Utter the sub-semantics at a steady slow pace, but fade out where the line ends in three dots...
Please do not try to decode the writing in your performance. There is no code so there is nothing to interpret.
Enunciate 'by gut' in the light of your primary fluent language which uses Roman script. (If you have none, do your intelligent best.)
Dancing is permitted but not mandatory.]
On one side, an aristocrat,
conversation capturing corruption scandals
and corrupting her,
and, seemingly, scandalising the others
who are, ideologically, leading,