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there is a limit to looking out to the sea
           for comfort
has to do with breathing slowly enough
or walking slowly enough
    or slowing down w/o
even the effort walking takes
with the view
        disturbed and the heat
contaminating your thoughts
you are everywhere
w/o knowing why it isn’t comfortable

waves wash ashore a wound come remorse come murmur waves come sympathy-face parrots riding mother-flesh


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hi arka,

I was so excited to view and hear you reading,
but wasn't able to make the connection. I don't know if the trouble is on my end or there's a problem with the link.

I'll be anxious to know what others experience.
Meantime, color me disappointed emoticon

Chris
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hey chris. is the play button on the upper left hand of the pg visible? you will have to click on it for the reading to start. it's just audio though. i tried to read it as close to the way i hear it as possible. w/ a video i would have screwed it up.
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Well, a screen comes up that says: "Oh [sign in to see URL]
something went wrong..." Then it asks me if my
network connection is unstable or if my browser is outdated...

I'm pretty hopeless re: computers. To describe my computer skills as 'rudimentary' would be a flattering exaggeration.

So I'm just wondering if I should call the Geek Squad to fix the problem on my [sign in to see URL] if
the problem really is on my end.

Hopefully someone else will click on the link and I'm waiting to see how they fare.

Meanwhile, I'll read the post and comment later today,

Chris
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 emoticon ditto on the rudimentary computer skills. anyway have uploaded the file to another site. hoping this works.

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Yes! What a beautiful voice you have, it adds
dimensions to hear the words spoken. Felt like I was listening you think and [sign in to see URL] really fine reading, arka. Thank you for it,

Chris
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thanks chris emoticon when i was a kid i would sometimes repeeat nonsense phrases (inside my head) to express a certain vibration. (at the time i was afraid of going mad. i guess it was just an inner ear infection) this used to happen when i was very tired, or alone, or in the sun. i was recallign tht same cadence here.
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Hi Arka,

So wonderful to hear your voice! I love the way the poem builds, the way the rhythm and repetition work together at the end. The way you read the poem--I read it too fast I see--it has a gentle wavelike rhythm.

Often when I begin writing a new poem I start with a feeling and a rhythm I can hear in my head. The rhythm has no words attached to it at first, just a certain cadence that gets filled in with words as I write. Hard to explain but your description of using nonsense words to express a certain vibration reminds me of this process.

Thanks for posting this, Arka. What a treat to hear your words read by your voice. As Chris said, it adds dimensions to the words.
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thanks kat. i hate my own voice. don’t ask. some carryover from adolescence. so even recording a 35 sec clip becomes a source of anxiety for me. or at least makes me go ewwwww after hearing it myself. i told you about the seaside visit rt? it was good. high pt of the trip. walking, soaked with sweat, in the alleys around the jagannath temple, aarti time, so some drums playing in the background. strange rhythms. “ certain cadence that gets filled in with words” if you allow it to.

arka
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hi arka and Kat,

Your discussion of rhythms, cadences and vibrations with no words attached is fascinating to me. I've been reading Wallace Stevens and just read this:

"To The Roaring Wind

What syllable are you seeking,
Vocalissimus,
In the distance of sleep?
Speak it."



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quote:

Christine98 wrote:

"To The Roaring Wind

What syllable are you seeking,
Vocalissimus,
In the distance of sleep?
Speak it."





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What a gift to us, Arka. Quite special. The cadence has been commented on. I think I would call it a natural sense for rhythm. Very much enjoyed.

Tere
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thanks tere! emoticon must admit this is the first time i felt i was really reading my poem y'know? not just going through anxious motions.
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