Keeping Still by Anne. Fortune read and performed at The News at SomArts Cultural Center.
Early morning fog announced by a bellow spills out of dreams and onto streets.
Reading OUR ANDROMEDA by Brenda Shaughnessy.
When one dead body gives its heart…
Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else. What is the other text, the original? I have no answer. I suppose it is the source, the deep sea where ideas swim, and one catches them in nets of words and swings them shining into the boat…where in this metaphor they die and get canned and eaten in sandwiches.
Ursula K. Le Guin, “Reciprocity of Prose and Poetry,” address, 1983 in Poetry Series, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. (via asymptotejournal
Words to inspire.
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
This is what minimum wage looks like when paid in pennies, which isn’t too different than minimum wage.
Michael Feld is a sound designer and music producer, specializing in live and recorded sound for theater, media, poetry, ethnography and experimental performance. He utilizes live sampling, foley art collage and digital production techniques in his work, composing soundscapes from a wide…