Archive for March, 2010

The Midnight Mystery Theater

March 27, 2010
The Midnight Mystery Players
The Midnight Mystery Players

The Midnight Mystery Theater is over 20 years old and currently  happens once a month at the Odd Duck Theater.  It’s an old fashioned radio show with sound effects and audience participation and a thousand voices and wild plots.  Written and produced and emceed by John Ruoff, this show has showcased a lot of local talent.   For seven dollars (current price) it’s a bargain.

Photo by Carl Nelson

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My Desire For Oranges

March 24, 2010
Prose tends to flow freely like a brook, bunching up a bit before a rock,  churning a bit in a whirlpool, or slowly circling in a backwater.  But the meaning is usually clear.
A poem, on the other hand, can be more like a plank of knotty pine.  It may run straightforward and freely for a while in a clear grain – and then bunch suddenly in a knot of quite complex thought or be lost suddenly, and for a while, in a vacant hole of revelation.  For this reason, I’ve sometimes used the first or second take of a recording, rather than a more practiced later version.  Like a buzzsaw, in the initial take you can feel the mind labor as the voice gears down to cut through a hardened knot of particularly opaque meaning, or fly freely as the minds sawblade spins wildly through a vacant hole of illumination.  I enjoy hearing this dialogue between the poem and reader.
Photo by Carl Nelson / Poem by Carl Nelson / Voice by John Ruoff

A Man And His Cat

March 18, 2010
Photo by Carl Nelson / Poem by Carl Nelson / Voice by John Ruoff

Dickens

March 18, 2010
Photo by Carl Nelson / Poem by Carl Nelson / Voice by John Ruoff

Cowboy Recipe

March 18, 2010
Photo by Carl Nelson / Poem by Carl Nelson / Voice by John Ruoff

A Wedding Is a Crowd

March 16, 2010
A Wedding Is a Crowd

Photo by Carl Nelson / Poem by Carl Nelson / Voice by Carl Nelson

A Poet’s Past Lives

March 16, 2010

 

A Poet's Past Lives

Photo by Carl Nelson / Poem by Carl Nelson / Voice by John Ruoff

Hello world!

March 9, 2010

A lot of fertility; very little form.  Here we go…


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