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From: Vol.07 N.02 – Writing in the Pause

Waves from Irinjalakuda

by Petra Kuppers

Paper crinkles from Sweden: maps of world click

Elder couple tells the story of a lesbian composer

expands the realm of sonic possibility


Deep gong roams in golden-green metallic flow

Butoh moon boom

artist of considerable breadth


Tuning: moan wind through the other ether

Lips pull into coherence

creative chameleon who would love to collaborate


Percussive violin ticks in pink light

México City compress needle rip

Feminist Autonomous sensory meridian response


Reverb: echo old stories flow till the rhythm picks up

Spank an open hole, drape softer sheets

“Walking With The Disappeared”


Washtenaw morning roar cuts through trees

Susurration sand from Byron Bay

multiplied view of the characters’ gestalt


sharp red blur streaks across the garden’s pitch

Semi release. Train hoot. Arrivals.

citizenship makes moral and ethical claims upon our bodies

(upon performing as part of Full Pink Moon, Opera Povera in Quarantine: an international durational livestream performance of visionary composer Pauline Oliveros’s open-form The Lunar Opera; Deep Listening For Tunes, April 7th 2020)

Published: October 2020
Petra Kuppers

is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor at the University of Michigan. Her books include the ecosomatic poetry collection Gut Botany, the queer/crip speculative story collection Ice Bar, and multiple academic books. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she co-creates Turtle Disco, a somatic writing space.

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