Katie Clapham

All Day I Fox The Deaf


This is poem concerned with sound. I wrote this piece around the idea of a performance text that would use my voice as a device to forge a personal link to a text that is heavy with linguistic-experimentation. I wanted to create the pretence of a confessional reading to contrast with a text that demands an audience’s attention to the language.  I was aiming to create a poem that would encourage an audience’s emotional involvement in the way a reading by a poet like Alice Notley might, when she personally delivers her poems that reveal private experiences, but also be a poem that resists letting the language of the poem be lost in an absorbing narrative. The text continuously prods the audience into a linguistic involvement by making the sound the focus of the repetition rather than the context in which the words appear and continuously shifting the audience’s expectation of meaning.


Enter All Day I Fox The Deaf


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