Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chorale, a poem written in 1967

hear the poem read          

                                Come out in the daylight hours

                                let the union that is the voice on the tapes speak
                                mingle with the sunlight float out the room with
                       the incense
                       the unreadable label       it is my limitation I offer

                                          come out in the daylight hours
                                    let us love with our silence in the air
                              record the voices
                              spread them thru us      waking time
                              the day
                          is ours     to make or break

                                    I live up here where you can see the steps of this
                              up to the largest volcanic crater      extinct
                          alive in extinction        listening to the tapes
                          whatever enters the mind        or blows it
                          exhaustion of the voices of the earth
                                          come out

                                    meet we meet

                              when the sun comes down from zenith
                              tilt the world
                              mingle our landscapes
                         the beauties float up like muses encountered
                         the smoke into our lungs
                         out floats out over the voice
                         what gift there is        this tape

                    night is for sleeping      messages and miasma
                    trivia & concord in the folds       interruption & hard drinking

                              day breaks
                           for friendship

                        & the working       out the orders of the voice
                  va ya ba ya  the rocks say
                  we listen to      va ya ba-a-a-a-a ya
                  when the pleasing lights    fall leaves fall       strike
                  the fires outside our galaxy     or wherever the X falls
                  to speak to us

            -tongue     the daylight hours        our fall is golden
              this state shines thru       come out       sun casts & tilts the walls
              we follow        speech ba-a-a ya  our humans given
              from outside       revelation revolution-

                        to learn        come twining from the spirals
                  not to learn

                  to love        sage      inhale what cant be read
                  cottonwood for the sacred fire
            & drums
                                                  make it blow it up       make it
                                            it is fall leaves fall
                                    the tender reach       that catches

                              catch me in friendship        over & over
                              the renewing     is the stalk of my soul

                        come out in the daylight hours

                        this is the only sentiment that breaks the machine:

                  the voice of those who love the most        it reaches


larry goodell / placitas, new mexico

a poem from 1967 when we were recording poetry on tape and sharing it, so you hear "tapes" mentioned. hey, the message is the same: let's get together and celebrate poetry! written in the fall on the north shoulder of the Sandias just overlooking the village of Placitas, at the Hertfords' where I was caretaker  . . . and I did a mimeo broadside of this but I don't seem to have more than one copy . . .  I notice in my notebook from then that the next day I "listened to Spicer's lecture on dictated Poetry" which like all my tapes were 7 inch reel to reel, many of which I dubbed from Creeley or recorded myself.

me in those 60's
I linked to my new recording of this on Facebook and Bill Pearlman responded: "That effortless hopefulness is in the air in this. What a rare point in time, still a celebration not to be missed."

Thanks, Bill! and thanks David Chorlton for this: "Sounds fresh today, with verbal energy on tape!"

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