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C. Mehrl Bennett 9/13/14, revised 1/13/2016

Nothing Wavering

In a house of silences that engage

Two pyromaniac gymnasts,

It might be hard to believe the

Secrets of this man’s work, or the life he lives

In the company of his wife.

Everything projects a

Banal shadow of absence–

Because of the presence of a way of being–

The spectrum of this man and

His wife in a litany of Both.

Wavering lines in the sun – layered by shadows

Are at first possible, but then reproach us as impossible

Do you recognize the girl that first met this man?

She came from especially nowhere, but grew up in

A Since Possessed Dialogue.

An actor claimed to bury

This couple by adopting a lost and found attitude,

For hadn’t we lost the entire collective generation decades earlier?

Mysteriously, whether we believe the story or not

All this says is that 1953 underpins a reality.

In this power play there exists

A fifties world in which was born

The first woman, C. Mehrl Bennett

Who wrote the following poem:

GOING TO MANONG

The WHOLE of St. Louis is, like,

At a LOSS,

Like a LOSER,

Chain smoking

We’ll have

NO CHILI

NO CHOCOLATE

NO NADA tonight!

C. Mehrl Bennett

Note: I performed the original composition from August 2013 at 100,000 Poets for Change” event at Tribes gallery in NYC on October 28, 2013 in NYC;  the “Going to Manong” [poem within the poem] was drastically shortened for this revised version from January 2016… the original unedited version was posted previously in this blog. I edited it for submission to a publication coming out this year.


**Performance for two with audience participation. 
One person, the barker, is responsible for shouting out the BOLD TYPE phrases, 
and the audience repeats whatever the barker shouts out. 
The other person performs the rest of the text and joins with the barker in 
shouting the final series of BOLD TYPE, which the audience will echo, 
and hopefully after both people stomp there feet at the end, 
the audience will also imitate that action! [..which is exactly what happened 
at the performance in August 2016 during Day 3 of MINNEDADA84 at MCBA auditorium]
**DADA LEGS MIRTH
WHY HISTORY? ART HERE

NOW WINDOW LOST

WHY DO COLLAGE? OIL SKY

SALE HOLE LEFT

WHY A EYE? REAL HISTORY

DO DATE LEG

NOW WHY ICE? SKY LOST

EYE STOP WINDOW

WHY A EAR? ART NOW

HEARS LOST FARTS

STOP THE SEA? FOUND LEG

COLLAGE LOST TODAY

YIN A YEAR? REAL YANG

SALE OF EYE

WHY WORDS NOW? FOUR LEGS

FLOAT IN SEA ICE

WHY OIL MIRTH? REAL SKY

FOR SKY YET

DO LEGS MIRTH? SEA LEFT

COLLAGE WAVES A STORY

WHY HISTORY? ART HERE
ART NOW
SEA LEFT
REAL YANG
REAL HISTORY
REAL SKY
OIL SKY
SKY LOST
FOUND LEG
FOUR LEGS
[stomp feet]

C. Mehrl Bennett

Jan. 13, 2016, revised 8/19/2016

SHOPPING LIST

Do Not Buy Fruit

rubber stamps

or a gun

Do Not Buy Olives

dentures

or a photograph

Do Not Buy Fish

shoes

or a hat

Do Not Buy Bread

books

or a cat

Do Not Buy Envelopes

bushes

or a suitcase

Do Not Buy A House

stamps

or a bus ticket

Buy Art Instead.

C.Mehrl Bennett

Jan. 3, 2013 (Revised Jan. 13, 2016)

n i e z h f p l t s u

(the following poem uses only these eleven letters)

zip in zen she felt

i feel hip

zine lists fine snips

slit pine tile peel

senile penis hit flies

isle sent file

lets help teens fit the line

he is feet fuzz

pile hen pelt lept

his hell left this

puzzle lit flute pen

hi ’tis shit nuts

tin huts fizz sez she

C. Mehrl Bennett  – March 2, 2015

 

 

Two Montevideo Cinquains

MUSIC

Piano sounds

Chicken crossing the road

The documentation is a

Seed trail

Cone shaped

Trees on a line

“From ear to ear” means that

Possibly you will sleep before

Xmas

C. Mehrl Bennett – Nov. 11, 2013

 THE BELL

 

The bell

Gland drizzling out

On a greasy bongo

Floating far out on the drunk bay

Window

 

John M. Bennett and C. Mehrl Bennett

Feb.23, 2013

 

 

  

Six Collaborative Cinquains

Corn tome

Inside the boat

Kayaking in circles

Shoulder banging against the wind

Popcorn

Reboot

The hammered foot

A dulcimer shoe bag

Toeing the line lining the toes

Hot sock

Off shirt

Loose in empty

And butt barely hairy

Shaving backwards toward the drain

target

Saunter

Solder soldier

Sweating in the bathroom

After finding grapes and gravel

Gritty

Darvon

So dart it off

The loopy poolside

Super fooling slowly folding

Your neck

Just lick

Your salty lips

Salt licks where blind hunters

Smoulder in the tent with hamsters

Sleeping

Edward Lense, John M. Bennett, C. Mehrl Bennett – Sept. 21, 2013 – These cinquains were published as a TLP [tacky little pamphlet] by LBP [Luna Bisonte Prods]

Six (more) Collaborative Cinquains

Trailing

Sipping quincunx

Floating head mice ladder

Walk the talking titmouse to the

Iced hat

Dead saints

In the buckets

Well placed in a circle

Multi-red-spin fulminating

Cheese root

Swoll drut

Tear the finger

Drum the forkѐd link bit

Bit the hot lint sausage hymn

Doldrums

Pink ink

The throne swallowed

All the people at once

Crinkling post-haste wanton twice the

Suit Shot

Same wurst

Dance the knocking

Turnip nipped the frog spawn

Locker dripping through the keyhole

Drip Drip

East West

Reft lightning trips

The looter sign shining

Muskrat tunnels under the bank

Of weft

Camille Martin, John M. Bennett, C. Mehrl Bennett – November 2012 – These cinquains were published as a TLP by LBP


RINGER

Ringer

Tones developed

Inside the red phone booth

Of superman with snail toes

Burping

Ample

Coffee toffee

Lays on the car hood as

She breaks all the LP’s from the

Trailer

I sit

On a tree stump

In the beauty parlor

As balls of lint float in the pink

Hair dye

Paisley

Bow tie on foot

Where’s yer before shrieker?

Inside a box under the dock’s

Big toe

Who’s yer

Worldly wisened

Anguished pal; Is he a

Hip duck diode with no dick to

Paddle?

Paddle

On the other

Side of this sandbox full

Of silver cats as a dead dog

Lingers

C. Mehrl Bennett 2015

* RINGER was first published in THE INAPPROPRIATED PRESS, Issue# 1, editor: Olchar Lindsann, Monocle Lash anti-Press, Nov. 2015, Roanoke, VA

COMPOSITION FOR NINE VOICES WITH TWO INCIDENTAL SECTIONS

is a score for Sound Poetry integrating image, vowel sounds, wind chimes, and two “incidents”.

Click HERE to watch a video on YouTube of a performance of this score. The link is to a video by Paul Baker of a 2010 performance by Be Blank Consort (BBC) members. These were volunteers from writers/performers gathered together for The Ohio State University Library’s [Special Collecions Dept.] Intnl. Avant Writing Symposium, and most of them had performed previously in other venues in the USA as BBC members.

At my direction and with copies of the score, nine of them performed using vowel sounds and windchimes, while another person counted to twelve, and two others performed “incidents”.  I was able to enlist Keith Buchholz and Reed Altemus to perform short Fluxus events for the incidents. The score is based on linear shadows in my photo of a public bathroom wall, digitally manipulated with ten and a half measures indicated.

C. Mehrl Bennett 2009

This poem is titled “6500 Machine Diagram” & comes screaming behind me

In front of me is a diagram fished out of a box now back in sentence form which rolls against a hat of snow

Yellow, magenta, and cyan cartridges are attached but are dysfunctional right now

The transfer roll is spooled with paper from the Pope

Something called a fuser is part of the action with a black and white headshot of a transfer role – on a stamp

It is 4:30a.m. and fresh snow is going to close the door to the hallway

The heater is about two feet from my two feet

The air is beginning to warm up around my fingers through my own hoard of books and is worth reading before my husband

I should copy this diagram over various add & pass into another attitude

Print out this page and cut it into four, yellow, magenta, something that bends into envelopes with collaborations

After a xerox is processed the paper heads out

Does the Xerox company still make copy machines?

Mail crosses my desk and stuff

I wonder if that address still exists?

Meanwhile, my fingers are still getting cold, covering for the dull grayness of mid-February outside my window

I will need go through a bag of books to type these sentences out of the house

I will also need to winnow out the lemons – on a stamp

So of course I get distracted by Facebook!

I also need to organize my studio space upstairs into a xerographic drum which rolls against a hat of snow, and has been that way for months on end, but a tray will catch hold

The post office recently issued first class stamps that follow into attaching to paper by a young Elvis Presley, with his signature reproduced, but onto mail from the mid-1980’s

I had a dentist appointment this morning, though to a receiving tray

I had a full set of xrays taken six months ago while he stuck a camera in there

This new young dentist had me hold my mouth open and took digital photos

The images appeared on a screen in Xerox Square, Rochester, New York

My mouth is tired

My Dad is dead

So why don’t quarters rearranged themselves?

Whatever happens can playfully manipulate the wind and wear a hat of snow

A hat of snow           A hat of snow

A hat of snow           A hat of snow

C. Mehrl Bennett February 2016

  • Stefan Brand Stifter will be using my audio recording of “6500 Machine Diagram” (and my image that goes with it) as part of his ANTIPODES ZINE SAMPLER with a sound CD… CLICK HERE to see diagram & hear audio

P O P  SONG (performed in Columbus OH in 2015 and 2016)

admit one                       light a match

backup admit                 enter backwards

admission rate               welcome canned words

discounted rate             a radio announcer

preview films                  feet in cement shoes

advance to present      [insert today’s date and time]

presentation mode       write a song / sing it:

 

PRETTY PENCILS [1981]

 

Pretty pencils, sticking in my hair

Pretty pencils, sticking right at me

I’ve got pretty pencils… sticking 

Out my nose

fast mode to the  future                      question  effectiveness !

rafting off the roof                               answer all charges

please take your seat mam!

I  will now perform the event, titled: “NoBody’s Surprise”:

                                                                    Blow up a balloon until it POPS

 

5x7 Bathroom Song with all verses.jpg

5x7 well she had and pretty pencils.jpgCLICK HERE to hear an audio of me singing these three nonsense songs.

(Copyright: C. Mehrl Bennett)

*NOTE: Earlier versions of some of these poems  were published on this blog before.

MetaDada No. 1, THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DADA MINING,  editor H. Michael Sanders, was published on May 15, 2016 by Elena Press, Cincinnati Ohio. May 15th, 2016, was the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Dada journal, Cabaret Voltaire, editor Hugo Ball, Zurich, Switzerland, May 15, 1916. Two of the above poems (Shopping List and niezhfpltsu) appeared in MetaDada No. 1, in addition to two of my visual poems: Croatian Glyphs DADA and Forbidden Planet.

NOW GO TO THE METADADA WORDPRESS SITE by clicking HERE – C. Mehrl Bennett

           

ADDENDUM: See below for two more songs that I added to those above when I performed during Day Two of the MinneDaDa84 Fest in Minneapolis MN in August 2016. I had the privilege of being accompanied by Cassia Harding, a very accomplished violinist!Cassia-Harder-and-CMB-at-Black-Forest-Inn-Day-2-MinneDada84.jpg

If You Try and You Mess Up with ukele chord tabs 4x6 N o t   Y e t 4x6

hand with pen 001 (2)hand with pen 001 (2)
Fold

Consult the dismembered
table laid with
tiny fingers and Q-Tips

Believe in yesterday's
trash which to
morrow was a wall
wrote on

No surprises, only silver
linings on a lake where
the sunk dust re
members you

as an origami animal

__________

Foot Where 

Your shoe your g 
ristle have sock w 
ill ravel ork I 
f lavor all the t 
una en salada l 
eft in the compost buc 
ket with your under 
wear your legs and 
eye poked out t 
o smile a slice 
of lox shaped like l 
ips on mayo or a 
foot sliding from 
a plastic bag for 
nothing here I  
s any use to a sh 
oe 

__________

Imbecile

Do you think?
Do you slow?
Why for art?
Why is air?
Is it said?
Is your moon?
This is why.
That is sky.
You are Tuesday.
You are whistle.
Feneck too layee.
Indendt nor clumb.

__________

Neck of Nails

Dots blood or
corn beneath
the fingernails
inside my pocket
change the faucet
comb the sink
mock the ring
miss the sway
will be what it
ching yesterday
as nails hit the
driveway and
your neck was
opened like a bird
__________

Pocket Chuff

too many piles
too many miles
too many faces
too many names
too many words
too many turds

too much dirt
too much shirt
too few actions
too few snores
two flights of stares
two nights of flares

stuffed in my pocket
chuffed in my ear
__________

Speak

Change the fone in
habitation
loose neck dung in
mistletoe yr
flat shape yr reek
convection spoke
of moats between the
lines in yr palms he
ld up before the d
usty air duct they
behave like couch po
tatoes with speech ball
oons for hands no air be
hind the picture frames
__________
Series of Six Collaborative Poems
John M. Bennett & C. Mehrl Bennett
December 19, 2015

The first edition of la M al was published in 2006 by Blue Lion Books, and because it is such a classic stand out, a revised 2nd edition has consequently evolved; published by both Luna Bisonte Prods and by gradient books. 

From the opening poem, “…mumbling in the/attic “roof” out there, mud beyond my head…”, this revised and definitive 2nd edition of John M. Bennett’s classic la M al confirms its position as one of the poet’s best works. Bennett has created a unique language to express the depth and complexity (or the complexity has created the language), of thought and emotion, or emotional thought that are the core of human experience:

…“drain”

a laundry think .but think re diction think a congeries

of faucets faucets like yr “running-sore” a window to a

moon .“a moon all” right a tab le o yr “lips were draped…

The language swarms, swells and ebbs, shatters and recoheres, turns and returns, in patterns that resonate with all the currents, hidden and visible, of the self or selves that inhabit us. An essential book that fully realizes the possibilities of language to contain and know what is.

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lunabisonteprods

la M al

Cover by Jukka Pekka Kervinen and C. Mehrl Bennett

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Deport DaDa !

Posted: September 27, 2014 in Digital Art, drawing, poetry, shoes, visual poetry
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Toot-to-Find-You

Deport Dada!

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I’ll ding 21 of 35 in 20 dance terms as a parting token

Support the arts! .. that artificial hell issued President Wash U. S.

Fostering cultures and the ache surprise f-fabric, landscapes, erotic symbols

Ill eats only started to scatter, breaking where the public review of adverse

Prosperity, creativity, goodness, and BARACK! BARACK!

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The arts are fundamental to beauty, ethnicity, religion, or age performance…

For Breton it was out of cabaret and the words are of those eaten OMMMMMMMMMS

Your tax NOTICE, Dear Ms NOTHING, and he ate canned beans,

denied in whole or in part, NO COST TO YOU!

Portraits, visiting cards, bit ‘o five franc notes,

Defaced… Support the Arts! … that Dada should employ Benefits!

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You can request message I delivered, that every higher GPA, service-benefit, and music

Support the event: Breton had fallen on our prom containing obscene drawings and

Spectatorship: We hold their attention the date you received creativity, goodness and

A few months ago the typical items such as meals take place out of cabaret and the

Bet was processed in notice of the adverse beatification,

Please state whether you request documents or information, That’s the Union

Of all ice: we try an erection when the reason you believe a nearby cafe to be

Threatening and subversive, they ennoble our values, build bridges when times are tough…

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Air, making moments into the .1 millions, generating a peanut seller, partly because

The hat   and   or proxy, an he us to her in I to ork my condom, and seep the pin hood

Education laden Dada group, decanting, then wanting the event into a rut through

Improved academic standardized test scores, audience relations improperly denied comments,

questioned within 30 days of the NIT …

OUT pu-U-zation has an OUT of tourism …

Arts travelers would be confronted, imagined better than in a theatre!

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OW! (Said with two or more voices) ILL you is at we OK the at of off, here is NISHED and to end each and

In a manner you can understand through

This, We, a hand of tens

 

Afterwords:

Shadow print

Misplaced mirage

A thinker chair

Window movie

Baseball hat swan

Hand wheelie

Deja mirror

Skull postcard

Billboard itch

Wide load towed

 

C. Mehrl Bennett

9/13/14

Our Memorial Day weekend involved dinner served up on this year’s new back yard patio with special guest, Edward Lense, who has written collaborative cinquains with us before so was not surprised when I brought out my little notebook after we ate. Here are seven dishes I’m consequently able to serve up to you now:

 

Chess board

Shadows echo

Off refridgerator

Two chairs at the kitchen table

Frozen

 

Spread thumb

Across a drum

Stirrup hits the anvil

Drinks the soap contamination

In sync

 

Weird dogs

Spermy leggings

Domino spots inside

Dalmations go berserk outside

The ship

 

Insult

To my liver

Smoky shave’d with egg

Yolks beating down the crooked path

Egg whites

 

Boil foot

With critter ears

Hummus and eye of newt

Tampons shredded with mosquitos

Mix well

 

This week’s

Broken faucets

Lost gnat shivers on hat

These are lost and found items like

Odd socks

 

Suit leak

Makes for sticky

Dinosaur bloody teeth

Sunk into your foaming arm pit

You stink

 

You just GOTTA believe!
(in Make Believe)

I wrote this poem in 2013 and recorded the audio then as well.
Originally I’d created a video using jpegs found online, but they were low resolution and didn’t quite say what I wanted to express. So now, (2014) I’ve drawn the illustrations instead, and remade the video. Enjoy!