engine and rainwater rouge white layers

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens

-William Carlos Williams

I fed this seminal piece of American modernism into BadTranslator, minus line breaks, producing a thirty-five line permutational poem. Then, when I was down at my parents’ house, I used a dictaphone to record the sound of a wheelbarrow being pushed along a gravel track, of a midnight rainstorm, and of the clucking of the hens in the garden. Back in Glasgow, I recited the poem into the dictaphone then mixed it with loops of the recorded sounds. You can listen to the result here (mp3).

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