From Poetry to Sound Poetry – 20/06/15


From Poetry to Sound Poetry
Workshop with Simon Pomery

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Sat 20th June
Cookes Studios, Barrow-in-Furness
13:00 – 16:00
Tickets £3
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In this workshop you will be exposed to new poems and to sound poems, and encouraged to engage with each discipline, and produce your own work, through a series of exercises. No experience of poetry is necessary, but a willingness to experiment is, as we explore the creative space between text and sound. Could your text be used like a score of music? How might you turn a page of text into a sound poem? You are welcome to bring any instruments/objects to use in your sound poetry, but you can also use your texts and voice alone.

1. Creative listening meditation: music from minimalism and drone – Dennis Johnson,
Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Laurie Spiegel, Meredith Monk, and CC Hennix.

2. Voice and voices: the poetry of Sappho, Zbigniew Herbert, Guillevic, and Tom Raworth
Poetry exercises, workshop, class feedback

3. Sound poetry: an introduction – Bob Cobbing, Emmett Williams, Maya Jantar
Sound poetry, exercises, workshop, class feedback

SIMON POMERY is a poet and musician based in London. A pamphlet of his poems, The Stream (tall-lighthouse), appeared in 2010, and his poetry and criticism has been published online and in print by 3am magazine, The White Review, the Times Literary Supplement, P.N. Review, Poetry London, the Edinburgh Review. He has recently read his work for the Enemies Project, Camaradefest, and Feinde exhibitions in London. Seamus Heaney on The Stream: “This augurs well for the Pomery life and literature”.

His next release under the name BLOOD MUSIC is due in June 2015 on Diagonal Records. He is a percussionist and guitar player with an interest in rhythm and noise, using Taiko drumming patterns and drum machines, electronics, samples, and contact mics, muscle and machinery, creating pummelling tunnels of propulsive torque. The Quietus: “A barrage of tribal percussion, squalling guitars and pummelling sub pressure ensues – Blood Music building a titanic pulse, great throbbing waves of brutally effective sound that hinges on disorientating physicality.”

Cookes Studios, 104 Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 5QR

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