KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Words: Program No. 1: Clark Coolidge

Analog Audio

Event Type
Spoken Word
Program Series
Program Length
63 min
| broadcast
| 1969-01-09 | created
Clark Coolidge, the poet perhaps most responsible for inspiring the entire experimental field of Language Poetry, produced in 1969, 17 remarkable one-hour programs for KPFA of experimental audio pieces by himself and others . This is the first program, comprising two Coolidge works read in his own voice. The first piece is built on various combinations of the repeated words "car, once, harp, & rice" and the second is a medley of "but, if, it, though, its, thus, is, what, & and." The rhythmic interplay and unexpected juxtapositions of these looped sounds create a hypnotic patterning, magnified in part by the writer's flat affect that serves to focus attention on the strangeness of the sounds of these quotidian syllables.
Sound poetry
Musical Selections
[unidentified piece: car harp once rice] / Clark Coolidge -- [unidentified piece: but, if, it, though, its, thus, is, what, and] / Clark Coolidge
Text-sound compositions
Sound poetry
Related places
Berkeley (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Coolidge, Clark, 1939-