Chorus of Shadows
(The Chorus is onstage as lights come up. About seven and at least two should be men. It is conceived as … periodically advancing into the light and then receding into comparative darkness.)
CHORUS (piano): Ee – (Closed mouth.) M – O – ee O – ee Mo – mo – O-ee – O-ee – O-ee – O-ee – O-ee –
la klu Klu la
CHORUS/HALF: Boo day tho Tho day boo day –
O la o la o O la o la o
Boo day boo Boo day boo Boo day
O la klu Klu la o
boo – day – Boo day tho Tho day boo day –
CHORUS: Ma Ma Ah M – Ah ee – Ah – o O – ee –
CHORUS/HALF: O –
CHORUS/HALF: Boo – day tho – day tho – Boo day tho –
CHORUS: M – (Whistle.)
If we jump up and down together,
Like this, look!
We can make the floor shake.
20 of course equals 79
this has been
in our parking lot
“Is an emotion a resource like gold or ivory that can be extracted from one place and taken to another?”
i : e
h : a
“The” becomes accusatory.
[Note: For Anne Gorrick. Sources: Harry Partch, Delusion of the Fury, libretto, in Harry Partch: Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos (ed. Thomas McGeary); Linh Dinh, “The Wave”, as quoted in Charles Alexander, FB post, 4 Jan 013; David Harrison Horton, “5 Poems from Found Material Given by Dan Godston”, at Cricket Online, v.3 no.1; Arlie Russell Hochschild, as quoted in her Wikipedia entry; Clark Coolidge, “The Empty Equations”, in Clark Coolidge: Uncollected and Unpublished Poems 1962-1968 (ed. Clark Coolidge, Tom Orange), at EPC; Jack Collom and Lyn Hejinian, “Blanks”, as quoted in K Silem Mohammad, “Situations, Sings: Jack Collom and Lyn Hejinian”, at Constant Critic, 23 Apr 08]