KEDCO's latest poetry CD-ROM,
A WAY WITH WORDS is a unique literary multimedia experience, which brings
together the considerable talents of three poets from the USA and one
It includes video and audio recitals combined with web-style poetry
pages, which use music, illustrations and animations. It is effectively
four books in one, with an enjoyable variety of different poetry styles
The four poets are Jan Sand, from New York, Dale M. Houstman, from
Minneapolis, Keith Hendricks, from Ohio and Sara L. Russell, from Sussex,
England. The four titles are:
WILD FIGMENTS AND ODD CONJECTURES by Jan Sand
THE GRADUAL DISAPPEARANCE OF EXPLANATION by Dale M. Houstman
URBAN PERTURBIA by Keith Gabriel Hendricks
LIFE, TIME AND THE GOLDEN HOUR OF SLEEP by Sara L. Russell
ODD FIGMENTS AND WILD CONJECTURES is Jan Sand's first complete collection
of work to be published, although he has been writing poetry for many
years, and is a regular contributor to the online poetry journal, Poetry
Life & Times.
Jan has developed a rich, rhythmical, witty style, which has had a
favourable reception on poetry newsgroups, in recent years. He has,
however, never become complacent about his work and is always driven to
learn and improve.
An innate love of language is very much evident in Jan Sand's poetry, he
also uses unusual rhyming schemes, to amusing effect. This, his
illustrations and his extensive range of poetry about animals, promises
to make him a popular addition to Kedco's ever-growing list of
contemporary multimedia poets.
THE GRADUAL DISAPPEARANCE OF EXPLANATION, by Surrealist poet/illustrator
Dale M. Houstman, explores a fascinating range of subjects, both earthly
and surreal. Dale writes on these subjects with originality, humour and
an endearing eccentricity, which has found favour online with both
critics and with other poets.
His featured audio recitals are a highly enjoyable aspect of his work,
many of them include some amusing informal banter between himself and his
technician, Frederick Wiebel Junior. Some out-takes were kept in to add
Also included is Dale's essay on Surrealism, "The Blossoming of The Key",
which offers a valuable insight into Surrealism, for anyone who wishes to
learn more about it. The essay, along with the humour and charm of his
work, is sure to make the mysterious genre of Surrealism more accessible
URBAN PERTURBIA by Keith Gabriel Hendricks, is a journey
into the ambiguous worlds of Surrealism, sex, the media and religion,
also the foibles of "Generation X".
Keith is a Surrealist poet with a gift for sharp satire, encoded double-
meanings and subtle word-trickery. One example of such trickery is his
poem title "I Am Vic Pent Amateur" (iambic pentameter).
His surreal, sometimes shocking poetry will often draw the reader to read
his poems for a second or third time, to catch the underlying messages
and meanings between the lines.
Keith once wrote the immortal line "I am not a literary tuxedo!" Indeed
he is not - he is more a literary revolutionary: an unorthodox Christian
speaking out against Christian hypocrisy and fanaticism, a militant
consumer raging against patronizing media banality.
The illustrations are by Sara L. Russell, who has read much of his work
in depth. It is a powerful, intriguing collection of poems, which should
lead to further success in Keith's writing career.
LIFE, TIME AND THE GOLDEN HOUR OF SLEEP, by Sara L. Russell, looks at
different aspects of three subjects, womens' lives, the meaning of life
in general and insomnia. She has illustrated the book and written some of
the background midi music.
This collection also includes audio and video recitals, some of which are
humorous, as with the audio recital for "Poor Old Mrs. Postlethwaite",
which she recites in the style of Dame Edith Evans.
Sara is a sane poet who has mad moments, which get channelled into her
humorous work, for light relief. She enjoys making audio and video
recitals, to which she will often add music or dramatic effects. Her work
mostly rhymes, she sometimes departs from rhyme, however, to explore the
rhythm and music of words more fully, as with "A Tourist in Amsterdam".
This is Sara Russell's second multimedia collection to be published by
Kedco. Anyone who bought Sara's first CD ROM, PINKY'S LITTLE BOOK OF
SHADOWS, and is interested in her work in general, will find much more
revealing, personal poetry about her life, in this second collection.