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09 April 2011


Fragments

by AVR

"To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes, to hear it is to see it with our ears."
~ Octavio Paz ~

Fragments is the 1st poem on the 'Intimately Yours' cd with Chuck Berglund's soundscapes. Since most of the things I write are very personal to me, this is how I felt and sometimes still feel when I put my words 'out there' for all the world to see/hear.

I started recording my poems mainly because I love the way the words feel as they take shape in my mouth. I love words – the way they look on the page, the way they feel as the vocal cords design them, the way they taste when they roll around on the tongue, the way they sound as the mouth releases them. I love manipulating them with inflection, emphasis, speed, accent, etc.

I did the cd with Chuck Berglund as his soundscapes bring back exactly what I was feeling when I first wrote the poems. I picked the cd title, 'Intimately Yours', from comments I received on AcidPlanet to the effect that I speak about intimate things - i.e. feelings.

At one point, 2 internet radio stations (one in the UK and one in the US) were playing several of our spoken word pieces (with our permission) in between their musical repertoires. Needless to say (but I'm saying it anyway), this was very gratifying.

Enjoy!

Fragments ~ click to play

Black chunks
amid white streams
all shades of gray
splashes of red
of hot pink
dotted with
uneven drops
of blue

Pieces
spots
of my life
of my soul
broken - spilled
on the pavement
for all to see

©1996, Alice Vedral Rivera

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