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Lawrence Upton

Ars moriendi


career and reputation

necessarily reduce the fort


announcements have been made

dramatic pleas


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


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


                                             and whole structures

each unattributed

Lawrence Upton ( 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.

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