1) Poetry is protest; however, as evidenced by the numerous ‘tea parties’ that have recently taken shape across the US, protest isn’t always poetry.
2) ‘What time is it?’ poetry asks (in Anne Waldman’s voice) and evokes a history of brutality even as it critiques that brutality—even as it partakes in it.
3) As Best Friends Forever remind us, ‘HIYA!’, art it is radical engagement; it will knock you unconscious if you let it.
4) The sound of culture at work can be transformed into a drone of deep meaning and playfulness; Jeremy Leclair proves it.
5) The shape our words take shape our world and ourselves; Kenneth Krabat, I believe, insists it is true.
6) ‘Our skin is a person’, ‘our immediate forest.’ —Laura Goldstein
Dear listeners, I’d like to introduce issue 4 of textsound (It’s not a privilege; it’s your right) and welcome you to our little democracy of sound. Get it while it lasts!