Mozart’s Sketches

[Found Poem]

portraits of Mozart
a keyboard instrument
none showing him
playing

a leaf of music paper
the concerto idea
on the empty top staff
red notation
Mozart’s second thoughts.

Sketch of the beginning of the Finale of K. 450.

later hands appear
top margin
“By Mozart and in his hand.”

left margin
“NB / Beginning of an
8-voice fugue.”

upper right margin
an unknown hand
the piano concerto finale.

Mozart’s pitches and
rhythms
unchanged but
an overlay—

an incomplete set of instructions
for realizing
two hundred year old music—

instructions for
tempo,
fingering,
phrasing,
articulation,
dynamics,
pedaling,
representing the
taste,
technique,
opinions of
performer,
pedagogue,
scholar.

her late husband’s musical
manuscripts: sketches or
drafts of unrealized works
kept
for possible completion
by others
sketches or drafts of
completed works

discarded


Words borrowed from:

“Mozart and the keyboard culture of his time”: https://rmc.library.cornell.edu/mozart/credits.htm

Photo credit: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Sketch of the beginning of the Finale of K. 450. Neue Mozart Ausgabe, vol. X/30/3, ed. Ulrich Konrad.

Rogue Agent

[Found Poem]

bodies, orifices, fluids

Color 

pale washes 

with vivid punctuations

mouths—

tongues, nipples, cunts, dicks, 

and assholes

anatomies redesigned

limbs amputated, reordered

orifices realigned

scrambled physiological functions

armless, legless women

broken—

like damaged classical ruins 

obscene, abject

exuberantly offensive 

Rama’s oversexed

bodies 

roiled propriety 

and uptight norms

directly challenged 

far-right national politics


Words borrowed from:

Christoffersen, Helga; Gioni, Massimiliano; Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah; Vergine, Lea; Vo, Danh; Rama, Carol. Carol Rama : antibodies. New York. ISBN 9780915557158. OCLC 993629902.

Artwork: Carol RamaLusinghe (Flattery), 2003, mixed media and engraving on relined paper, 9⅞ x 13¾ inches.

Ex Utero

Found Poem

fourteen goat fetuses

inside plastic bags

artificial amniotic fluid

extra-utero life support

mother goat

pumpless arteriovenous circuit

closed sterile fluid environment

umbilical vascular

blood flow

oxygenator

placental circulation

cannulation

in a dark, warm room

the sounds of the mother's heart


Words borrowed from:

  1. Klass, Perri (29 September 1996). “The Artificial Womb Is Born”The New York TimesISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 7 May2018.
  2. Partridge, Emily A.; Davey, Marcus G.; Hornick, Matthew A.; McGovern, Patrick E.; Mejaddam, Ali Y.; Vrecenak, Jesse D.; Mesas-Burgos, Carmen; Olive, Aliza; Caskey, Robert C.; Weiland, Theodore R.; Han, Jiancheng; Schupper, Alexander J.; Connelly, James T.; Dysart, Kevin C.; Rychik, Jack; Hedrick, Holly L.; Peranteau, William H.; Flake, Alan W. (25 April 2017). “An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb”Nature Communications8: 15112. Bibcode:2017NatCo…815112Pdoi:10.1038/ncomms15112PMC 5414058PMID 28440792.
  3. “Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies”NPR.org.

Illustration: United States Patent and Trademark Office. https://patents.google.com/patent/US2723660A