Three Poems by E. E. Cummings [2008]



The notation of this work is unique in terms of my output. Phrases have lines running over the text which are indications of spoken pitch pitch measured against the vertical axis. The high the line, the higher the pitch; the lower the line (and the closer to the text itself) the lower the pitch. Abbreviations are also used to further specify pitch ranges (extreme lower register to extreme upper register).  There is no meter and the spatial relations between the parts indicate the alignment of texts.

The poems I chose all make use of Cummings’ vernacular writing, text which is written phonetically, disregarding spelling and conventional syntax.

Poems featured:

1) oil tel duh woil doi sez

2) what does little Ernest croon

3) ygUDuh