Monday, November 27, 2006

Crave Human Sound

“it's on a station i always listen to, Minn. Public Radio, not b/c it's such a great station but b/c i crave the sound of the human voice in conversation.” (Maria Damon, Nomad Ink)

Because I am doing things other than reading, more often NPR stays on as background. From the kitchen (where I am doing things other than reading) it’s not even really audible, just delivers the sonic shape of people talking.

Poetry won’t work: tried Leonard Schwartz’s Cross-Cultural Poetics, Rod Smith’s terrific Fear the Sky, they ask for too much deep. Knowing it’s repeatable makes it less disposable: seems wrong to waste their words on shape.

Once thought to rue the day talk radio beat out music or poesy--so 'grown-up'. Now come to see the scarcity (having to do things other than reading) of the shape of people just speaking.

1 comment: said...

Standing, speaking is a wonderful, powerful timelessthing: the preacher, the teacher, the revolutionary, the actor... and why the talking head sits?

Shape is pitch, cadence, dynamics, fervor? I still can't decoct that from words. Its the primacy of shape, hearing shape without words. And maybe why voiceless words are a different experience entirely.

The saliency of standing, talking befits meaningful messages. Poesy will be alive in future troubadours and holograms. I've only had cheesy poems faxed.