Lawrence Upton

Ars moriendi

 

career and reputation

necessarily reduce the fort

 

announcements have been made

dramatic pleas

                                         statements

are misquoted   becoming

confessed misdemeanours

 

a lyricism of self

a missive indifference

to the body being

used derisively

 

I'll tell you what, some say

but rarely speak much more

all anticipation and promise

 

nothing that delivers

 

but forms begin to appear

humans can say no more

or so their masters claim

 

some find themselves

                                              praying

to configurations

of visual perception

some of which are real

 

devices above all express

wavering in erratic ways

what businesses require

balanced emphases within

 

both symbology and soul

design

                                             and whole structures

each unattributed

Lawrence Upton (lawrenceupton.org): poet and graphic & sound artist Publications: wrack (2012); Memory Fictions (2012); Unframed Pictures (2011); and Some commentaries on Bob Cobbing (2013). He co-edited Word Score Utterance Choreography in Verbal and Visual Poetry (1998) with Bob Cobbing, with whom he also made Domestic Ambient Noise, spanning 300 pamphlets totalling more than 1800 pages (1994-2000). 

20 + text-sound compositions with John Levack Drever. 

Second solo exhibition (“from recent projects”) September 2012, London. Made photo, synthesis (for solo viola) on commission to Benedict Taylor (2013) (Subverten CD). 

Convenes Writers Forum Workshop (since Cobbing's death in 2002). Academic member Athens Institute for Education and Research.

© 2018 Colin Herd and all the individual poets

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