The Eternal Poetry Festival

Title

The Eternal Poetry Festival

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Description

Audio recording of collaborative spoken poetry by Bern Porter and Mark Melnicove. Date unknown (ca. 1980s-1990s).

Transcription

Partial transcription:

Side A, beginning of audio program:
BP: This is Bern Porter and Mark Melnicove in South Harpswell, Maine, producing in a spontaneous unrehearsed manner a bouquet of words and sounds for our friends in Germany via Stuttgart.
MM: And this is Mark Melnicove and Bern Porter here in South Harpswell, Maine, producing through a variety of sounds and words some greetings for our friends in Stuttgart, Germany.
BP: Somewhere gone ...

Side A: end (30:35-59):
BP [while MM counts]: Uncounted night. Most improbable Master of the Universe, how serenely he sits, his unzipped, his un-sipped tea his curls like [audio cut off]

Side B, beginning:
[rhythmic tapping]
BP: These newest days a foliage covers my dreams impossible to obscure...I name my children...
MM: Abel Cain...

Side B, end:
goodbyegoodbyegoodbyegoodbyegoodbyegoodbyegoodbyegoodbyegoodbye...
[note BP speaking in low voice at approx. 30:41 is actual end]

Identifier

Porter-EternalPoetryC60

Date

9999

Location

Harpswell, Maine, USA

Format

audio cassette

Keywords

spoken word, poetry collaboration, contemporary poetry, experimental poetry

Disciplines

American Studies | Art Practice | Creative Writing | Poetry

Comments

Physical description:

  • TDK D-C60 audio cassette tape: normal bias, no indication of noise reduction in/out.
  • Cassette bears [serial number?] stamp: AKBI0193.
  • Hand-written label: “Bern Porter, Mark Melnicove: The Eternal Poetry Festival” [written on both sides].
  • Plastic case.
  • Insert: Eternal Poetry Festival (flyer?) xerox print, cut to fit.
  • No other accompanying materials.

Note: true to name, multiple recordings titled "The Eternal Poetry Festival" in this collection contain unique content.

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