Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Poetry Scores to premiere live score of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel"




Poetry Scores will premiere "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" 9 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the Schlafly Tap Room, 2121 Locust. A band of Poetry Scores regulars will perform 10 new scores of the 10 parts of the poem by Josephine Miles, with a different woman reading each of the 10 pieces of poetry before the songs.

The premiere will be followed at 10 p.m. by the duet Ann Hirschfeld and Mark Buckheit, and then at 11 p.m. by Dugout Canoe, a local all-star old-time music group. The show is free and open to the public.

The band performing "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" will be Nick Barbieri (drums, guitar, vocals), Mark Buckheit (guitars, vocals), Heidi Dean (keyboards, vocals), Eileen Gannon (harp), Adam Long (cello) and Tracy Swigert (guitar, vocals).

They will perform new poetry scores of Josephine Miles' poetry by Nick Barbieri, Mark Buckheit, Mike Burgett, Heidi Dean, Robert Goetz, Ann Hirschfeld, Chris King/David Melson, Michael Martin, Tracy Swigert and Joe Thebeau.

The women reading the 10 parts of the poem before the songs will be Beth Barbieri, Gina Dill-Thebeau, Catherine Eiler, Yaphett El-Amin, Kimberley Hughes, Julie Malone, Mali Newman, Nicky Rainey, Stefene Russell and Nina Thompson.

"Ten Dreamers in a Motel" was published in Josephine Miles' 1955 book Prefabrications, a prescient registry of changes in the American built landscape and how that changed the way people construct their own reality (and dreams).

"Ten Dreamers" may be the first poem published where the motor hotel -- the motel -- is the defining organizing principle. The poem peeks briefly into ten separate sets of lives, brought together momentarily by the accident of a shared stopping space along the road. We're introduced to these ten sets of lives through brilliant flashes of poetic language, like headlights through motel curtains, with the abrupt symbolism and concentrated emotional power of dreams.

Josephine Miles (1911-1985) was a major American poet from California who has never quite been recognized as such. She was the first tenured woman professor in the English Department at the University of California - Berkeley, but her poetry was under-appreciated by the male-dominated literary establishment of her time. Her work, best represented in Collected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 1983), is ripe for rediscovery.

Download the poem.

Josephine Miles
Photo by William Stafford

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PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT "TEN DREAMERS"


Josephine Miles scored by Mark Buckheit and Shana Norton
Josephine Miles scored by Mike Burgett and Cindy Royal
Josephine Miles scored by Heidi Dean and Robin Street-Morris
Josephine Miles scored by Joe Thebeau and Carrie M. Becker
Josephine Miles scored by Michael Martin and Julie Malone

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Free local screening to celebrate film festival appearace in Rio


Movie still and poster by V. Elly Smith

Poetry Scores will co-host a free screening of its 2013 movie "Go South for Animal Index" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Nebula, 3407 So. Jefferson at Cherokee, to celebrate the movie's screening that same day at the 2014 International Uranium Film Festival, which is being held at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



Preservationist and architectural historian Michael R. Allen will co-host and emcee the St. Louis screening. The event is free, but please sign up at Brown Paper Tickets if you plan to attend so organizers can estimate attendance. Nebula is a smoke-free environment. Limited complimentary drinks will be provided, though the public is welcome to bring their own drinks.

Michael R. Allen
 

Michael R. Allen is part of the movie's large ensemble cast that includes many well-known St. Louisans, including former fire chief Sherman George, international burlesque stars Lola van Ella and Kyla Webb, musician Tory Z Starbuck, writer Thomas Crone, African-dance impresario Mama Lisa Gage, and the late George Malich in his final screen performance.

Doors for the free St. Louis screening are 6:30 p.m. The program will start at 7 p.m. with brief remarks by Michael R. Allen, followed by a brief  (6:33) micro-documentary about the making of "Go South" produced by Thomas Crone and directed by Andy Alton.

After the documentary, Stefene Russell will read her poem, "Go South for Animal Index," which spawned the movie. Poetry Scores first set her poem about the Bomb to post-punk rock music and then shot and edited a feature silent film to that score.

Stefene Russell

After the reading, Michael R. Allen will interview Norbert Suchanek, co-founder of the International Uranium Film Festival, in Rio de Janeiro via Skype. "Go South" will have screened earlier that day at the Modern in Rio and Norbert can talk about how the movie was received and how the festival is going overall.

Norbert Suchanek

After the interview, at about 7:30 p.m., we will screen "Go South for Animal Index," a 90-minute feature.

"Go South for Animal Index" was directed by Chris King and edited by Dan Cross. The silent movie was shot and edited to a post-punk rock score of Stefene Russell's poem co-produced by Matt Fuller and Chris King. It was produced by Poetry Scores, an all-volunteer international arts organization based in St. Louis that translates poetry into any and all other media.

Chris King directs and Dan Cross shoots a scene from "Go South"

For more information, contact Chris King at brodog@hotmail.com.

To sign up and let organizers you know you plan to come, visit Brown Paper Tickets.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Josephine Miles scored by Ann Hirschfeld and Sarah Giannobile

"Into the thunder and silence of the unfolding"
by Sarah Giannobile (after Josephine Miles)

Poetry Scores' Spring 2014 project in our home city of St. Louis is devoted to "Ten Dreamers in a Motel."

This poem by Josephine Miles (1911-1985) was published in her 1955 book Prefabrications, a prescient registry of changes in the American built landscape and how that changed the way people construct their own reality (and dreams).

SOHA Studio + Gallery hosted a one-night-only Poetry Scores art invitational based on "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" Friday, April 25 at the gallery, 4915 Macklind Ave. Julie Malone and Kat Dunne of SOHA commissioned ten women artists to each make visual art in response to one of the poem's ten numbered sections.

Poetry Scores also has commissioned ten musical scores to the ten numbered parts of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel." That score will be performed live 9 p.m. Friday May, 23 at The Tap Room, 2121 Locust, with ten women reading the ten numbered parts of the poem in between the songs. This free show will be followed by Ann Hirschfeld and Mark Buckheit (10 p.m.) and Dugout Canoe (11 p.m.).

Here is a demo of Ann Hirschfeld's poetry score of the 10th and final numbered section of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel," paired with Sarah Giannobile's visual adaptation of the same passage of poetry.

Free music

"Durable Darkness" (3:05) demo
(Josephine Miles, Ann Hirschfeld)
Click to open mp3 in new tab to keep reading blog.

Performed and recorded by Ann Hirschfeld

Poetry (c) 1955 Josephine Miles
Music (c) 2013 Ann Hirschfeld

This recording may be freely shared for non-commercial uses. For any other usage, contact Poetry Scores at brodog@hotmail.com and we will connect you with the composer and the poet's estate.

Independent music is played by Ann Hirschfeld
Photo by Cindy Petracek

Ann Hirschfeld is a versatile veteran of the St. Louis independent rock music scene. She grew up playing in adolescent bands with the likes of Carl Pandolfi and Michael Martin. She was co-leader of Plaid Cattle, a stalwart of the Cicero's Basement Bar scene of the late '80s and early '90s. Now she plays in The Deciders and a duet with Mark Buckheit and has emerged as a primary songwriter force for Poetry Scores. In November 2013 she led the Snow White All Stars in the live premiere of her poetry score to Anne Sexton's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (recording forthcoming later this year). She also has a song on the second Poetry Scores Hawaii project, devoted to Beat poet Albert Saijo (forthcoming in 2015, paired with a national juried art exhibition in the Art Department at the University of Hawaii - Hilo).

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Here is the part of the poem Ann and Sarah translated into their respective media:


from "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" by Josephine Miles

10.
 
Midway stayed at a court between there and here
Where woodsmoke rose up straight into the sky,
Cabin by cabin the suppers cooking
Far as the eye could see, the courts unfolding
Durable darkness.

It was the tent and citadel of the many stars,
It was the rampart of the loud highway
And we slept there, waking
Into the thunder and silence of the unfolding
Durable journey.

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"Ten Dreamers in a Motel" was published in Josephine Miles' 1955 book Prefabrications, which is included in her Collected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 1983).

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Ann Hirschfeld leads the live premiere of her score of Anne Sexton's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
Part 1 (poetry score starts at 5:10)
Part 2

Ann Hirschfeld in The Deciders Deluxe covering Guided By Voices

Ann Hirschfeld's awesome song "Ghost"

Ann Hirschfeld in Plaid Cattle on Critical Mass (1993)
(First song Ann leads is "Sense of Humor" at 5:57.)

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Josephine Miles
Photo by William Stafford


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ALSO FROM "TEN DREAMERS IN A MOTEL"

Josephine Miles scored by Joe Thebeau and Carrie M. Becker
Josephine Miles scored by Michael Martin and Julie Malone

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Josephine Miles scored by Mike Burgett and Cindy Royal


 
"Mica Moraine" by Cindy Royal 
(after Josephine Miles)
mixed media


Poetry Scores' Spring 2014 project in our home city of St. Louis is devoted to "Ten Dreamers in a Motel."

This poem by Josephine Miles (1911-1985) was published in her 1955 book Prefabrications, a prescient registry of changes in the American built landscape and how that changed the way people construct their own reality (and dreams).

SOHA Studio + Gallery will host a one-night-only Poetry Scores art invitational based on "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the gallery, 4915 Macklind Ave. Julie Malone and Kat Dunne of SOHA commissioned ten women artists to each make visual art in response to one of the poem's ten numbered sections.

Poetry Scores also has commissioned ten musical scores to the ten numbered parts of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel." That score will be performed live 9 p.m. Friday May, 23 at The Tap Room, 2121 Locust, with ten women reading the ten numbered parts of the poem in between the songs. This free show will be followed by Ann Hirschfeld and Mark Buckheit (10 p.m.) and Dugout Canoe (11 p.m.).

Here is a demo of Mike Burgett's poetry score of the 5th numbered section of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel," paired with Cindy Royal's' visual adaptation of the same passage of poetry.






"Moraine" demo (2:22)
(Josephine Miles, Mike Burgett)
Performed and recorded by Mike Burgett

Poetry (c) 1955 Josephine Miles
Music (c) 2013 Mike Burgett

This recording may be freely shared for non-commercial uses. For any other usage, contact Poetry Scores at brodog@hotmail.com and we will connect you with the composer and the poet's estate.


Mike Burgett,
Snow White mirror selfie
(after Anne Sexton)

Mike Burgett has been the voice and songwriting power behind some of St. Louis' greatest quirky pop, as co-frontman of Aviation Club, which evolved into The Lettuce Heads -- a marvel of pop songcraft and ensemble rock musicianship that somehow survived from the early 1990s to the present day in its original quartet. The second Lettuce Heads record, long available only in coterie bootlegs but finally released as For Promotional Use Only, remains one of the most fantastic rock records almost nobody has heard. Mike is now an active contributing songwriter with Poetry Scores, most recently in its ongoing poetry score of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. He also has a song on the second Poetry Scores Hawaii project, devoted to Beat poet Albert Saijo (forthcoming in 2015, paired with a national juried art exhibition in the Art Department at the University of Hawaii - Hilo).

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Here is the part of the poem Mike and Cindy translated into their respective media:


from "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" by Josephine Miles


5.


Carombed out of town in a comedy-chase fashion,
Police oblique to our path, and statues
Wheeled over, through Harlem, and all more wasteful as we went,
And ended up at this tourist cabin,
Its outlook, so it was said, restful.

Went to the window,
Pushed aside the curtains and there saw
That countryside we longed for: rocks,
Steep slopes of rocks, rubble and rusk of rocks.
What is it? and you said, moraine.


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"Ten Dreamers in a Motel" was published in Josephine Miles' 1955 book Prefabrications, which is included in her Collected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 1983).

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Mike Burgett in The Lettuce Heads on Confluence City

Mike Burgett with The Lettuce Heads scoring Stefene Russell's "Las Vegas Dace"

Mike Burgett noodling around that K. Curtis Lyle liked for a score of his poetry

Mike Burgett in the nowadays Lettuce Heads live at Stone Spiral Coffeehouse

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ALSO FROM "TEN DREAMERS IN A MOTEL"

Josephine Miles scored by Joe Thebeau and Carrie M. Becker
Josephine Miles scored by Michael Martin and Julie Malone

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"Mica Moraine" by Cindy Royal 
(after Josephine Miles)
mixed media

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Josephine Miles scored by Mark Buckheit and Shana Norton



 
"Concern" by Shana Norton
(after Josephine Miles)
transparency film, fabric


Poetry Scores' Spring 2014 project in our home city of St. Louis is devoted to "Ten Dreamers in a Motel."

This poem by Josephine Miles (1911-1985) was published in her 1955 book Prefabrications, a prescient registry of changes in the American built landscape and how that changed the way people construct their own reality (and dreams).

SOHA Studio + Gallery will host a one-night-only Poetry Scores art invitational based on "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the gallery, 4915 Macklind Ave. Julie Malone and Kat Dunne of SOHA commissioned ten women artists to each make visual art in response to one of the poem's ten numbered sections.

Poetry Scores also has commissioned ten musical scores to the ten numbered parts of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel." That live score will be presented 9 p.m. Friday May, 23 at The Tap Room, 2121 Locust, with ten women reading the ten numbered parts of the poem in between the songs. This free show is followed by Ann Hirschfeld and Mark Buckheit (10 p.m.) and Dugout Canoe (11 p.m.).

Here is a demo of Mark Buckheit's poetry score of the 3rd numbered section of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel," paired with Shana Norton' visual adaptation of the same passage of poetry.


Free mp3




"Dreamer #3" demo (2:59)
(Josephine Miles, Mark Buckheit)
Performed and recorded by Mark Buckheit

Poetry (c) 1955 Josephine Miles
Music (c) 2014 Mark Buckheit

This recording may be freely shared for non-commercial uses. For any other usage, contact Poetry Scores at brodog@hotmail.com and we will connect you with the composer and the poet's estate.

Mark Buckheit

Mark Buckheit is a veteran of St. Louis' independent rock music scene whose work would be much better known had he been luckier or better suited temperamentally for putting himself forward. He was a co-frontman for Three Foot Thick, an inventive folk/rock band that was present at the birth of St. Louis' twang scene but strangely overlooked. Mark sings "Cole Porter Kind of Day," Three Foot Thick's contribution to Rick Wood's seminal Out of the Gate compilation (1990), and it still holds up on that tape next to the earliest and best work of Uncle Tupelo and Chicken Truck (The Bottle Rockets). Mark now plays in The Deciders, in a duet with Ann Hirschfeld, and in the Poetry Scores house band Three Fried Men.

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Here is the part of the poem Mark and Shana translated into their respective medium:


from "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" by Josephine Miles


3.



One day we started out
To pick up driftwood. I was interested
In a housing project there, I had heard a lecture
Illuminating the beach like lightning.
It was my concern
To raise on the shingle rows of boards
On which the great foundations could be built.

Rather, I found the shanties were up already,
And indeed down already, every one
Empty to the tide as if just then
They had been lived in but would live no more.
I turned round.
If I had been looking south I looked north
East west I turned.


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"Ten Dreamers in a Motel" was published in Josephine Miles' 1955 book Prefabrications, which is included in her Collected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 1983).

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Mark Buckheit in Three Foot Thick on Critical Mass

Mark Buckheit in Three Foot Thick on the Archive of St. Louis Punk

Mark Buckheit on Three Fried Men's poetry score of Wayne Kaumualii Westlake

Mark Buckheit on Three Fried Men's musical adaptation of a Jonathan Borofsky sculpture


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ALSO FROM "TEN DREAMERS IN A MOTEL"


Josephine Miles scored by Joe Thebeau and Carrie M. Becker

Josephine Miles scored by Michael Martin and Julie Malone

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Read @PoetryScores on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Josephine Miles scored by Heidi Dean and Robin Street-Morris


 
"Lampless Bastions" by Robin Street-Morris,
(after Josephine Miles), 2014.
Watercolor and pastel on 300lb incised hot press paper.
12" x 20" (30 x 51cm).


Poetry Scores' Spring 2014 project in our home city of St. Louis is devoted to "Ten Dreamers in a Motel."

This poem by Josephine Miles (1911-1985) was published in her 1955 book Prefabrications, a prescient registry of changes in the American built landscape and how that changed the way people construct their own reality (and dreams).

SOHA Studio + Gallery will host a one-night-only Poetry Scores art invitational based on "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the gallery, 4915 Macklind Ave. Julie Malone and Kat Dunne of SOHA commissioned ten women artists to each make visual art in response to one of the poem's ten numbered sections.

Poetry Scores also has commissioned ten musical scores to the ten numbered parts of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel." That live score will be presented 9 p.m. Friday May, 23 at The Tap Room, 2121 Locust, with ten women reading the ten numbered parts of the poem in between the songs. This free show is followed by Ann Hirschfeld and Mark Buckheit (10 p.m.) and Dugout Canoe (11 p.m.).

Here is a demo of Heidi Dean's poetry score of the 6th numbered section of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel," paired with Robin Street-Morris' visual adaptation of the same passage of poetry.


 
"Lampless Bastions" by Robin Street-Morris,
(after Josephine Miles), 2014.
Watercolor and pastel on 300lb incised hot press paper.
12" x 20" (30 x 51cm).



Free mp3

"When we came back" (2:06)
(Josephine Miles, Heidi Dean)
Performed and recorded by Heidi Dean
(Open link in new tab to keep reading blog.)

Poetry (c) 1955 Josephine Miles
Music (c) 2014 Heidi Dean

This recording may be freely shared for non-commercial uses. For any other usage, contact Poetry Scores at brodog@hotmail.com and we will connect you with the composer and the poet's estate.

Heidi Dean,
grooving on new bifocals

Heidi Dean could be considered a founding member of Poetry Scores. She played a primary role in the Po Sco house band, Three Fried Men, before it evolved into an arts organization; has some important vocal pieces on the first poetry score, Crossing America by Leo Connellan; sings harmony on the subsequent scores Blind Cat Black, Go South for Animal Index and The Sydney Highrise Variations; performed on the premiere of Ann Hirschfeld's score of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton; and is now composing part of the score to Ten Dreamers in a Motel and performing in its premiere. Parenthood has sidetracked music in Heidi's life, for now, but perhaps she still has copies of her 2005 record with The Honeyshakers, which has more of her eloquent songwriting. "When we came back" is both her first poetry score and her first composition on piano.

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Here is the part of the poem Heidi and Robin translated into their respective medium:


from "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" by Josephine Miles


6.


When we came back all the underpasses were flooded,
Highway 40 blocked off
And six inches of water at the supermarket.
So it was necessary to go round by the byroads.

So it was that we came to our street from a different view,
Saw our neighborhood from aside and below,
Stacked up the hill our houses in their shrub,
Their windows empty as an evening sky.

And so it was we saw that they dwelt without us,
Endured merrily as bastions against our presence,
Persons of note and self in the rainy evening,
Lampless and starless.


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"Ten Dreamers in a Motel" was published in Josephine Miles' 1955 book Prefabrications, which is included in her Collected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 1983).

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Heidi Dean sings on Three Fried Men's prose score of Sam Blowsnake's autobiography

Heidi Dean sings on Three Fried Men's hieroglyphic score of creepy ancient Egyptian stuff

Photos: Heidi Dean overdubs on Nashville Highrise Variations


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ALSO FROM "TEN DREAMERS IN A MOTEL"

Josephine Miles scored by Joe Thebeau and Carrie M. Becker

Josephine Miles scored by Michael Martin and Julie Malone

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Read @PoetryScores on Twitter.

Josephine Miles scored by Michael Martin and Julie Malone

 
"Do Not Despair" by Julie Malone
(after Josephine Miles)
Oil on Panel, 16" x 25.5

Poetry Scores' Spring 2014 project in our home city of St. Louis is devoted to "Ten Dreamers in a Motel."

This poem by Josephine Miles (1911-1985) was published in her 1955 book Prefabrications, a prescient registry of changes in the American built landscape and how that changed the way people construct their own reality (and dreams).

SOHA Studio + Gallery will host a one-night-only Poetry Scores art invitational based on "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the gallery, 4915 Macklind Ave. Julie Malone and Kat Dunne of SOHA commissioned ten women artists to each make visual art in response to one of the poem's ten numbered sections.

Poetry Scores also has commissioned ten musical scores to the ten numbered parts of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel." That live score will be presented 9 p.m. Friday May, 23 at The Tap Room, 2121 Locust, with ten women reading the ten numbered parts of the poem in between the songs. This free show is followed by Ann Hirschfeld and Mark Buckheit (10 p.m.) and Dugout Canoe (11 p.m.).

Here is a demo of Michael Martin's poetry score of the 9th numbered section of "Ten Dreamers in a Motel," paired with Julie Malone's visual adaptation of the same passage of poetry.


 
"Do Not Despair" by Julie Malone
(after Josephine Miles)
Oil on Panel, 16" x 25.5

Free mp3

"Fast in darkness" (3:09)
(Josephine Miles, Michael Martin)
Performed and recorded by Michael Martin
(Open link in new window to keep reading blog.)

Poetry (c) 1955 Josephine Miles
Music (c) 2013 Michael Martin

This recording may be freely shared for non-commercial uses. For any other usage, contact Poetry Scores at brodog@hotmail.com and we will connect you with the composer and the poet's estate.


Michael Martin
Photo from Mark Buckheit
"Scenes from a MAMJam"

Michael Martin has been everywhere in St. Louis' independent rock music scene, though most people probably didn't notice him because his most public work has been behind the scenes, as a supporting musician and producer. He was a founding member of the Painkillers (arguably St. Louis' greatest post-punk band), played in and produced Bob's Reuter's band Kamikaze Cowboy (which made arguably St. Louis' best rock record, Down in America) and is now an integral member of Karate Bikini and The Deciders. He also is a busy and influential producer in his Broom Factory studio. This demo of "Fast in Darkness" is his first poetry score and instantly the best pop song Poetry Scores has published.

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Here is the part of the poem Michael and Julie translated into their respective medium:


from "Ten Dreamers in a Motel" by Josephine Miles

 9.

I said to my iron class, I am desperate, desperate,
You must learn and you will not.
Each by each I looked to into the light and said
You are fast in darkness.

Each to each I said I am desperate, desperate.
Then one rose from his seat and sat beside me,
Touching my hand and saying, out of his daylight,
Do not despair.

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"Ten Dreamers in a Motel" was published in Josephine Miles' 1955 book Prefabrications, which is included in her Collected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 1983).

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Michael Martin in Karate Bikini Live on KDHX

Michael Martin in Kamikaze Cowboy Down in America

The Painkillers on Euclid Records

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ALSO FROM "TEN DREAMERS IN A MOTEL"

Josephine Miles scored by Joe Thebeau and Carrie M. Becker

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Read @PoetryScores on Twitter.