John Cage, love him or hate him, he was a man of extraordinary out-of-the-square thinking. I appreciate people who do not have qualms stretching the public’s imagination, redefine what constitutes as Art, let alone beautiful.
I was working on a bit of post-ModPo poetry study via the forums, hoping to chat about Wallace Stevens’s “The Snow Man.” It seems, though, that Professor Filreis has already discussed this poem via a KWH YouTube video (stay tuned, shall revisit this one).
I wanted to at least offer a ‘quick & dirty’ close read of Stevens by leaving a Cage Mesostic. Upon searching for the site (which stated it was not there – error msg) I found this John Cage site. It is fantastic, offering his essays and music for exploration. I am too braindrained to read anything more this evening, so I opted to compose a bit of music, Cage style.
For a point of reference of how this works on a real piano:
Now… mine..do you have your ear plugs handy?
Disclaimer 2: no – this isn’t supposed to sound pretty, though I think it is rather beautiful in a poetunderconstruction kind of way…
P.S. We did lose beauty today, Dave Brubeck…may the “A” train take him anywhere he wants to call home. RIP ~