Click on THIS LINK to go to Hal McGee’s website and read more about his production of A HAMSTER IN YOUR SANDWICH, an audio tape of John M. Bennett and I performing our own, each other’s, and our collaborative poetry, and making off noises with our voices and other instruments.
I’d like to make a few comments here primarily about SIDE TWO of the tape:
One of the joint readings was a spontaneous performance, in that I gave John my book WHAT IT SAYS and he gave me his book MIRRORS MÁSCARAS, then we took turns at spewing short phrases of whatever caught our attention as we flipped through the books. I had done that sort of thing once before during Roanoke VA’s Marginal Arts Festival at the home of Olchar Lindsann, where, at his suggestion, the group was encouraged to grab a book from his library and alternate with phrases chosen at random. What John and I did by trading texts was different in that one would hear one’s own poetry coming back at one and find text from the other’s poems that seemed to complement or twist it in new ways. That was truely a FIRST of it’s kind in our collaborative poetry efforts!
The tape’s title, A HAMSTER IN YOUR SANDWICH, was taken from a section of the very last poem by John read towards the end of the tape: an English/Spanish poem on p. 237 of MIRRORS MÁSCARAS titled “mirlibroror”. I copied John’s audio of “.a hamster in ,your sand/ wich” and mixed it into a final take with other sound tracks for the tape’s ending.
My poem, DEPORT DADA, was created in cutup fashion the morning of the day of recording as I wanted to perform something new, but I’ve created a shorter ‘fluxus’ version since I recorded it for Hal McGee’s tape project. Below, in this blog post, I present the text of the second version, which I recorded [minus the Afterwords] for Kommissar Hjuler’s audio project – Psych. KG 201 – Women in Fluxus. A few words were changed (“fluxus”, for instance, was inserted in a couple places) and a couple extraneous sections were cut in my attempt to keep the audio under three and a half minutes for Hjuler. In the text version presented here I’ve left my ten phrases of the “Afterwords” intact, though in the HAMSTER IN YOUR SANDWICH performance I invited John to collaborate with additions to each phrase. So, now that I’ve got you thoroughly confused:
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