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
monotonous.

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
appliance.

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
sleep.

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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, http://www.around-around.com/die-versify/.
The original version is up on http://www.mytown.ca/ev.php?URL_ID=104018&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.  My text and performance are sampled and synthesized by composer Bill Gilliam for our CD, From the Lunar Plexus (Pendas Productions). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX-tOHRleH0#t=23.
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