Tuesday, January 13, 2015

text || Lawrence Upton



whispers (i)

ink (disaster)

(an iron) (jug)


largely (to what) leaves

a burning (fridge)


to give off heat

whispers (ii)

lung (carnation)


affecting inflating curtains

(bare) (bellows)

(to creak) berries

cucumber squirting

(bomb-site boiler)

(curved) (to burst)

(defrosting) (on) (capital)

whispers (iii)

nature (the shade) (of bottles)
a shoot (oven)
solid (pendulum)

poisonous  speed
(a spring) (pond)
(potato) stem

(a submarine)  substance
to renew swearing
a tap of ruffle, ruined salt, tomb

whispers (iv)

(vacuum)        (window-sill)

to weigh          volume

[Note: This text was written early in February 2000 and then forgotten. I regard it as a polyvocal text to be performed by a number of performers who agree between them exactly how they will perform it. The minimal indicative notation includes the use of brackets for a stage whisper.
In performance, the four texts may be read as one with an especially long pause between each section without naming the section as 1, 2, 3 or 4.
Recently, Tina Bass and I discussed and read through (on our own) the four texts as one text prior to a meeting of Writers Forum Workshop. However, due to the incompetence of the chairperson (me) we never got to it in the workshop - so it will be heard on another day.]

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