Remember Summer? “Die Versify”, a poem in memory of heat..

Die Versify

Deep in summer
stillness, an electric
hum of air conditioner
in B flat flat monotone
entrains my body

Heat produced to cool
my neighbor thrums
the outside air, heats
up our collective night.

Mechanical multitudes
self-replicate in chorus,
relentless fridge and clock.

The only spell breaker
is a tape of Tibetan chant.
Deep harmonic overtones
conjure a resonance,
disturb the sine waves.

Sleepless in the Beaches,
I resist the single sound
as Blake deplores single
vision and Newton’s sleep.

The sound of the perpetual
twentieth century
colonizing our future with

a dominant beat, sales
pitched for comfort, con-
venience, reliance on

The pity is not
that the century
has wound to a close but
that it’s whining
on and on…

Somewhere beyond
the pervasive rattle,
waves break on the shore.

Species diversify or die.
Imagine the endless
verse if I could only

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About the Author

Activist poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp is Creative Age London’s writer-in-residence. She is inaugural Poet Laureate for London Ontario, a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal. Penn has published twenty-six books of poetry and drama, has had six plays and ten CDs produced, as well as award-winning videopoems. As Writer-in-Residence for Western University, her project was the DVD, Luminous Entrance: A Sound Opera for Climate Change Action, Pendas Productions. She hosts an eclectic literary show, Gathering Voices, on Radio Western. Quattro Books has recently published the second edition of Jack Layton: Art in Action, which she edited. Her latest play was the sold-out production of The Dream Life of Teresa Harris.

This poem was publshed on December 31, 2014,
The original version is up on  My text and performance are sampled and synthesized by composer Bill Gilliam for our CD, From the Lunar Plexus (Pendas Productions).

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