Ars Poetica by Alvin Knox

Ars Poetica

 

Ars Poetica

This is a door.
It once hung perfectly
framed in this tiny corner
of the universe,
swung effortlessly
inward.
It now lies here
in this rain-soaked field,
not torn from its place
but carefully removed—
screw by screw,
nail by nail—
so that if you were to place your fingers
within the hole that once held its latch
and raise it on the ghost of hinges,
stiff as the past and greedy
as the future, only a breath
of earth would greet you.
Look at the bottom,
how the drops of dew
left by cool stones
glisten like fireflies.

 

 

 

Music by Andy Derryberry. Reading and poem by Alvin Knox.Mastered and produced by Artvilla Records

© 2016 Alvin Knox

The Mirabeau bridge. Video Poem to Music by Vishal Experimental Factory

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” Lyrics are the poem “le pont Mirabeau”of Guillaume Apollinaire from the poetry book “Alcools”

 

 
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Janet Kuypers’ “Obey” 6/4/16 female-themed poetry feature

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Below are video links from a June 4th 2016 (6/4/16, or 20160604) poetry performance of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: June is a Woman! at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center about being a woman, and about what women go through. Because she happened to see this spray-painted word on the side of the road this spring (when construction workers often write single words down to indicate things like where power lines are under ground), she had to take pictures with the word she saw, and she therefore decided to title this show “Obey”. In this show she also ran repeating images projected on the screen behind her of her drawings of woman alternating with her edited “Obey” images, and sampled in the background during her readings were instrumentals from 3 tracks from the Laurie Anderson album release, “the Ugly One with the Jewels”. She even explained to the live audience after the show that she even chose to wear a flapper dress for this show, because (A) that time period reflected the time just after women gained the right to vote in the United States, and (B) this clothing was the irst obvious sign of women wanted to stand on their own (and enjoy themselves too). It didn’t hurt that in Kuypers’ animation in her show (like doing the twist or jumping on a hotel bed, or even with her animated gestures during all of her performance), the fringe one her dress would exaggerate her movements as well.

Before the show started she also released copies to most everyone there of a chapbook of the writings she was performing in her show (in the order they were performed), and all of the pieces from this reading were also released electronically in a “Obey” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read her haiku poems
progress,
extend,
falling,
civil,
and greatest,
then read her poems
Earth is a Topiary (her 1st of 2 poems where she used a voice modulator to reads parts of her poem in a male voice),
On Becoming a Woman (an editing and expansion of her 1999 poem Becoming a Woman),
Viewing the Woman in a 19th Century Photograph (an editing of her 1991 poem Photograph, Nineteenth Century and her 2nd of 2 poems where she used a voice modulator to reads parts of her poem in a male voice),
Content With Inferior Men, portions of her poem
In The Air with slightly altered wording, and
Oh, She Was a Woman (an editing of her 1997 poem She Was a Woman).

(Thanks to Thom for some photos from the event.)

Janet Kuypers’ “Love in the Universe” 5/7/16 poetry feature

Janet Kuypers’ “Love in the Universe” 5/7/16 poetry feature

May 7th 2016 (5/7/16, or 20160507) poetry performance (with accompanying guitar music by John) of Janet Kuypers’ first scheduled Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center (at 2215 E M Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723) after her move, and because this was also her wedding anniversary, they started the evening with her and John singing the song friends performed at their wedding — Depeche Mode’s “The Bottom Line” (with altered chorus lyrics for their wedding). So enjoy this set os poems (set to music in the show) about not only astronomy but also love, in “Love in the Universe”.

    All of the pieces from this reading were also released in a “Love in the Universe” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Watch video, or read Janet Kuypers in her 5/7/16 show “Love in the Universe” in her first scheduled feature at Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful in Austin first singing (with John singing and on guitar) the Depeche Mode song The Bottom Line (with altered chorus lyrics for heir wedding), then with her poems Pluto, Plutonium & Death (a bonus Periodic Table poem), her haiku universe, observer’s love poem (2016 edit), everything is my home, Wanted To Play, and electricity.

(And thanks to Thom for the photos from this live event!)