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Penn Kemp

Since 1966, sound/performance poet Penn Kemp has taught creative writing and sounding in arts festivals and conferences around the world.  The League of Canadian Poets proclaimed her one of the foremothers of Canadian poetry.  Born and raised near London ON, Penn received her Honours BA in English from UWO, her M.Ed from U. of Toronto, and many Arts Awards for her writing.  Since Coach House published her first book in 1972, Penn has been pushing text and aural boundaries, often in participatory performance and new media.  Among her publications are twenty-five books of poetry and drama, ten CDs of Sound Opera and Sound Poetry as well as several videopoems and Canada's first poetry CD-ROM: sample pennkemp.ca, mytown.ca/pendas/, http://myspace.com/pennkemp and mytown.ca/poemforpeace/. Through Pendas Productions, Penn edits and publishes poetry book/cd combinations, mytown.ca/twelfth/.  Some of these CDs and interviews are archived on her radio show, chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices. Updates are on mytown.ca/pennletters/.

New and Justified: Sound Poems

SIDE KICKS

sigh
sigh                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kick
sigh                                                                                                    kick                                                                                                                caws
sigh                                                                    kick                                                         caws                                                                                  of
sigh                                                                    kick                                                         caws                                                                                  of
sigh                                                kick                                           caws                                          of                                                                   this
sigh                               kick                                         caws                                of                                        dis                                                 ease

                       SIGH                                                                                                                                                                                            CLONES

sigh
sigh                                                                                                                                                                                                                            click
sigh                                                                                                   click                                                                                                                  call
sigh                                                                                                   click                                                                                                                  call
sigh                                                                    click                                                       call                                                                                   eye
sigh                                                click                                          call                                           eye                                                                      D
sigh                             click                                         call                                 eye                                      D                                                          as

                     SIDE                                                                                                                                                                                                   SHOW

sigh
sigh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 an
sigh                                                                                                   an                                                                                                                       ide
sigh                                                                    an                                                           ide                                                                                    sue
sigh                                                an                                              ide                                            sue                                                                       a
sigh                             an                                              ide                                  sue                                       a                                                     side

                    SEEK                                                                              A                                                                                                                   PATH

pacts
pacts                                                                                                                                                                                                                           woe
pacts                                                                                                woe                                                                                                                beast
pacts                                                                woe                                                         beast                                                                            come



                   PAX VOBISCUM

 


 

LEVITY

 

U
U                                                                                                                                                                                                                               more
humour                                                                                                                                                                                                                        or
humour                                                                                          or                                                                                                                      less
humour                                                                                          or                                                                                                                 lesson
humour                                                           or                                                         less                                                                                  undo
humour                                   or                                                   less                                      undo                                                                what
humour                      or                                           less                               undo                                           what                                              U
humour            or                            less                                       undo                                              what                             U                            D
humour     or                   less                               undo                                       what                                        U                         D                  sir
humour   or              less                          undo                          what                                                    U                             D                     serve

U
U                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      re
U                                                                                                          re                                                                                                                      see
U                                                                         re                                                         see                                                                                           if
U                                                                                                          re                                                                                                                  sieve

                  a
                    a                                                                                                                                                                                                           chore
                      a                                                                                      chore                                                                                                             till
                         a                                                                                   chortle                                                                                                           or
                   a
                     bell
                          E
                            laugh

               hour                                                                                      D                                                                                                                 fence
                 a                                                                                            gain                                                                                                                  st
              all                                                          sere                                                     E                                                                                            us
             un                                 as                                                       sail                                           a                                                                   bull
                man ooo vers

 

 


 

 

A TUNE

 

Ka!
caw                                                                                                                                                                                                                              calf
caw                                                                                                       calf                                                                                                                  on
caw                                                                    calf                                                       on                                                                                    knee
caw                                                                                                       calf                                                                                                          phony

res
reason
reason                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ate
reason                                                                                                 ate                                                                                                              thing
                                 resonating

           with
           within
           within                                                                                                                                                                                                               the
           within                                                                                       the                                                                                                                mid
           within                                                    the                                                          mid                                                                                drift
                                          spy
                                                 knell
I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     call
I         doll                                                                                                                                                                                                                     um
I                                                                                                             doll                                                                                                              chat
I                                                                           doll                                                        chat                                                                                 her
I                                               doll                                                      chat                                                      her                                              balks
I                           doll                                  chat                               her                                        balks                            is                             woo
I              doll                                 chat                            her                          box                   is                             woo                                   den
I     doll                          chat                                her                      box                       is                       woo                              den               ven
I   doll               chat                         her                          box                            is                  wood              den               ven                       ear

a
a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  void
a                                                                                                             void                                                                                                         dance
                    ring
                        ring                                                                                                                                                                                                      hall
                            ring hall low


 

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These are New and Justified variations of sound poems that have been published in Penn's Incrementally, book and cd, by Pendas Productions.  More can be seen and heard on www.mytown.ca/pennkemp.

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