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Rockdrill 5: Writing
music is plastic
plastic is poetry
poetry is music
warming my eyes
it is quite blue
Rockdrill is a series of unusual new audio CDs commissioned by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck College, London, & produced by Colin Still and Birdie Hall of Optic Nerve.
The series includes the work by British and American poets, and combines new and archival recordings. Each CD is remarkable for the scope and range of material included, and for the quality of production. This unique new sound library is scheduled to grow in directions suggested by the initial list.
Table of Contents
2. Just How Intelligent Is the Pilot Whale?
3. Damn the Neutrinos!
5. Making Marks
6. 'towards finding out the truth'
7. 'reversals of performance levels'
8. 'one precious fragment'
9. 'be scrupulously attentive'
10. 'forced to act'
11. 'fear that increases'
12. 'attitudes do not necessarily change'
13. 'minarets were built singly'
14. 'imperative is the index'
15. 'apart from supporting'
16. 'a very strange kind of intervention'
17. 'a record of attractions'
18. 'in a haze of nerve gas'
19. 'passing near the black hole'
20. 'he hated to get wet'
21. 'gazing without expression'
22. 'isolated in contrast'
24. Wit Wither
26. Dark Senses
27. Out of a Sudden
28. Intellectual Compost 3
29. Unable to Create Carrier
30. Crowded with Otiose Passengers
31. Cat Van Cat
33. For John Gian
Praise for Tom Raworth 'Brides in the source nail the soap-opera out of doowops? And then the parnassians for milfoils without floor-leaders. The Raworth loves to hum them toward the endeavour.'
Clark Coolidge 'Single-handedly, Tom Raworth has restored the value of quickness to English poetry. His is the alacrity of Shelley, of Byron, of Gerard Manley Hopkins, reinforced to meet a modern urgency. It is poetry of sensation, intelligence flashing down the spillway, faster than thought.'
Bill Berkson 'Tom Raworth is the one who's truly most interesting to me in England at the moment. I'm fascinated by what he's doing. He's an extraordinary poet.'
'As When is the selection I have waited for the whole spread of a great poets work.'
Fanny Howe 'It has the beauty and weight of a real thing in the world, and is just full of dark senses and wonders.'
Adam Piette, Poetry London
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