My latest offering, the five-poem suite AFTERGLOW, is now available for order. Taking a setting that could have come out of a Harold Pinter play—an anonymous young man renting a room from an older lady in return for minor chores and conversation—-I present a somewhat expressionistic series of extreme close-ups of the house and the situation. It’s not unlike a poetic version of cinematographer C. Davis Smith’s work in Doris Wishman’s mind-blowing mid-60s films such as ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MAN. A world of garlic yawns and silverfish, of elderly who can’t afford their medications, of lavender soaps and torn windowscreens. As the heat rises, smell the insecticide, feel the afterglow.
This is Volume 30 in the Sound Library Series, inspired by the grey sounds and dry silences of Austrian composer-trombonist Radu Malfatti’s recent CDR release Claude Lorrain 1 on his own B-Boim label ( http://www.bagatellen.com/archives/reviews/001911.html ). Malfatti’s work speaks volumes without ever raising its voice.
An edition of only 29 copies, AFTERGLOW has been available for a week or two already, and I’ll be sending a stack of them to Volcanic Tongue, so order yours now. As always, $4 postpaid in North America, $5 elsewhere.