direct link to SoundCloud: My Body Is A Word by Brenda Clews
Brenda Clews, poetry, voice, mix.
Music, Lena Selyanina's piano solo, 'Summer Morning,' from "Snowstorm Romance": http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/73627 .
direct link to SoundClick: My Body Is A Word
The album of poetry recordings that I am working on seems to be on a theme of love. I don't have a whole lot of love poems, in the 'I and Thou' form. 'My Body Is A Word' is an older poem that I had up at my original and now defunct art website. It seems to work in context of the album, and also, hopefully, on its own.
A tiny chorus of voices, yes, positioned behind the main voice.
MY BODY IS A WORD
My body is a delta
awash with scripture
rivers of language flow over my tongue,
raw with salt.
My body is a delta
of waterways, signs,
inscribed, and gendered,
my body is tattooed
with the blue veins of roses.
I am rain falling on the edges of leaves;
I am earth, wet, a glistening emerald;
I am a breath of fire on the horizon at dawn;
I am a white orchid unlacing.
I am the succulence of the peeling of fresh fruit,
juice of mango, orange, kiwi, bloodred pomegranate;
the thorns of the pineapple rind fall into the sink.
our bodies flowing
into the flowing warmth of each other,
paradise on the horizon of being.
Our bodies flowing, washing the world.
Our scripts intertwining the way
we endlessly write our lives.
I am the crimson space
in your heart.
You are the calyx of flowers reaching for the rain;
You are the sun ripening the fruit;
You are the awakening of the world;
You are the origin of the alphabet of love.
I read your body every day,
finding a script
like traces vanishing in the night
of light everywhere.
© 2003 by Brenda Clews
(Note: Trying out different players - Sitemeter is my storage site for recordings, especially as how SC allows edited versions to be uploaded into the same url. Once the 'album' is finished, I'll upload it to Jamendo, where it will be available for free download. Any feedback now can aid help me in the creation of this collection of recordings - and I thank those of you who have offered responses and suggestions. It all really helps.)