a.rawlings is a Canadian poet and multidisciplinary artist. The recipient of the bpNichol Award for Distinction in Writing (2001), angela has worked with many arts organizations, including The Mercury Press, Lexiconjury Reading Series, Theatre Gargantua, and the TV series Heart of a Poet. She also instructs text and sound workshops for the Toronto Public Library, Learning through the Arts, and Ryerson University.
Working with derek beaulieu and Jason Christie, angela co-edited Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (Mercury, 2005). Her first book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006), was featured in The Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of 2006; it went on to receive an Alcuin Award for Design and was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Wide slumber was recently translated from page to stage for Harbourfront Centre’s Hatch: Emerging Performance Projects in Toronto.
angela is currently researching sound, text, and movement, with special emphases on vocal/contact improvisation and acoustic ecology. She lives in Toronto.
A FIELD GUIDE
Common names Unable to sleep. Trouble falling asleep. Asleep. Dreaming. Disturbed
sleep. Waking up.
Taxonomic names Insomnia. Dyssomnia. NREM. REM. Parasomnia. Arousal.
Habitat On the floor of clover and lucerne fields near orchards and sallows,
willows and woodsheds. In attic beds and chairs next to communal webs.
On ground covered in bramble, raspberry, rocks.
Collection Polysomnography and paragraphs.
Range Almost all night; often migrates.
Similar species Somnopterist.
Description a vocalized or unvocalized inhale on ‘uh’
hoosh ha vocalized or unvocalized exhale on ‘hoosh’ and ‘ha’
fl pronounced on unvocalized exhale, may be done in rapid succession
lu pronounced on unvocalized inhale or exhale, may be done in rapid
ch pronounced on unvocalized exhale, succeeded by sharp intake of
breath (or sucking in of spittle) ending in an abrupt plosive
ft.mp pronounced ‘ft’ on unvocalized exhale, pause, ‘mp’ pronounced as
x pronounced as ‘ks’, with the ‘s’ ending in an abrupt plosive
y pronounced as ‘ee’, with the ‘e’ ending in an abrupt plosive
z pronounced as ‘z’, with the ‘z’ ending in an abrupt plosive
vt pronounced on vocalized exhale, short and powerful explosions of air
tadra uh tadra tadra pronounced as vocalized exhale, unvocalized
inhale, unvocalized exhale; almost an alveolar trill and as
rapid as that
tup pronounced on unvocalized exhale, extremely rapid like a high hat
rOro pronounced as low growl on drawn-out vocalized inhale, ending
with a quickly punctuated high note
CHRYSALISTALIZATION : HYPERHYPNOTRANSLATION
Hypnothrum of nightwords on lips, lips on thighs, legs twitch.
Deforms of sleep click of a switch sleep. Are we rounded or inhaling to sleep? Do we tail off the
hindwing? Count eggs to uncontrol. Count morphemes epsy epil narcol disp. Are our edges with
ropped isturbed angled sleed? Hypnagogia descension.noise agognee dena? deruid po tiw sero ra.
sidloc lippem pruot. nuos oc? niwila wo? elsot linre ra. elsiw fo els fo smod
Cryptic promin irregular nustle bodies nustle twisted, dead leaves eschen bodies left eschen
flattened bodies for the purpose of nustle being left cataplectic istle purposefully collapsed bodies
istle immobility nustle camou.nowac eltsnu htilipowwi eltsi seiqop qesballoc hllnfesobrnb eltsi
citcelbatac tfel guiep eltsnu fo esobrub eyt rof seiqop qeuettalf ueycse tfel seiqop nehcse senael
qaeq ‘qetsimt eltsnu seiqop eltsnu ralngerri uiworb citbhrC
Colortango. Bandoneon. Love-heat. Almosst ( )lit. Velvet. Drunk, so drunk off rotten fruit
couldn’t wake. No one, take two. A one a two. Slow slow quick quick slow and very slow
appendages verge on pale green, golden-spot. Body. Os and Ds. A rip a run, body outside body.
Humid-thick. Thirst. Consume. Ocho. rigt dim obedi tuo nur pira ... opsne gnee
segapa wols rev nawols ciu ... ciu swolsowt aenoa eka tenoone ti, ti
sumk, nur tevlev il ... somlatsae hevol noene na ...
W I D E R
B-side: rarities and remixes from Wide slumber for lepidopterists
by a.rawlings published by Belladonna* Books (September 2006)
published by Belladonna* Books (September 2006)