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NEW PROJECT – The Things We Say and The Things You Say To Me

December 2, 2009

.  The new *participatory* project!

The Things We Say and The Things You Say to Me (Morning and Night)

Inspired by a few concepts at the Janeck Schaffer (cool website!) exhibition, including the feelings of new life and regeneration implicit in his work Extended Play, and the montage feel of National Portrait, newly commissioned by the Bluecoat, I am going to create a poem using reported speech.

What I need from you..

Reported speech is interesting, because it’s only really the ‘good bits’ that people tend to distill out of their lives to tell others, and also because under certain circumstances it’s kind of implicit that you don’t share with other people conversations you have in private. Also, because, true or not, it is a reflection of the real lives we lead.

In order to gather raw material for this poem, I am asking people to write in with a couple of snippets of conversation. One from first thing in the morning, and last thing at night.

Tucking your child in for sweet dreams, telling your husband to turn the alarm clock on, a couple of words over the fence when you’re bringing in the cat.

Serving your ungrateful girlfriend breakfast in the morning, cuddling up to your wife one last time before starting the day, telling the milkman he’s been paid…

These fragments do not have to be related to each other, just be an honest reflection of the conversations you have had on any consecutive morning and night.

The emphasis really is on capturing the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the way we speak to our loved ones, and the tenderness of the most intimate moments during the day. When all the world is all dozey-doe.

We will be setting up a place on the Daily Post site, but for now please contribute on the comments thingie here, or via email to me:

What I am going to do with it…

I will process this reported speech, using techniques associated with ‘cut-up’ and ‘Flarf’ poetry, creating a new poem of found fragments reflecting an amalgamation of public declaration and intimate statement, homeliness and the mob mentality.

I am running this project in partnership with The Daily Post. The fragments of reported speech will go up on their blog in raw form. Every week I will post on my blog, the newly processed poem in progress.

This will happen until 15th January, when I will publish and record the poem, just in time for the close of the Janek Shaffer exhibition!



5 Comments leave one →
  1. Joy permalink
    December 23, 2009 12:06 pm

    am: make a nice cup of tea will ya…….

    pm: night night love ……..

  2. Joy permalink
    December 23, 2009 8:25 pm

    am: check the dog hasnt done a wee….go in the garden and take three deep yoga breaths

    pm: refuse to go round the block with the dog with my husband cos im too lazy, or sometimes actually go with him.


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