3 musical interpretations of 4 of my haiku on the theme of “adaptation” from my friends at ccmixter.
I have new work on ccmixter as part of its ‘Sow and Reap’ theme. My secret mixer was the ever-talented Kara Square of Columbus, Ohio, who mixed my poem my late friend with two of Shakespeare’s sonnets, a little of Martijn de Boer’s cool bass and my harmonica!
My secret ‘mixee’ was Bluemillenium (who I’ve previously secretly remixed on process.)
This time I did a broad pastiche of some of his work over the past few years, wove it together with a bit of acoustic guitar and words and called it Whatever You Sow, So Shall You Reap.
My thanks to Briareus for a unique musical mix of my poem up here on swanston. Sadly, Collected Works, the Melbourne poetry shop referred to – which I visit every time I go to that city – is closing down in November. Listen HERE.
up here on swanston 2
above kfc maccas and hungry jacks
persists an older melbourne.
above the cathedral arcade outside
collected works it’s still the 1800s.
everyone’s slower. a shop
that only sells buttons.
winter sun draws oblique golden lines
through leadlight arches.
down the road at fedsquare a toddler
ignores thousands around him,
lost in tunnel vision joy. chasing
his shadow pixellating
sees past thousands rushing about their
petty business, hubs of their own multiverses
while i worry about the rise of trump & hanson,
the fall of community,
the toddler revels
in his own moment.
(First published in the inaugural print edition of malevolent soap Vol. 1 (ed. Felix Garner Davis)