“Speech without Practical Locale”

Broo Khouglum

in Broadcasting Modernism

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033495
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038315 | DOI:
“Speech without Practical Locale”

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When Lorine Niedecker invokes radio as “a good medium for poetry”, she indexes the aural components of poetic writing and reception. This chapter argues that the radio was a sustained subtending component of Niedecker's composition practices, at times providing a context for her reflections on orality and aurality in poetry and at other times offering a venue for which to write, a subject to write about, and a means to experiment with genre and method. By considering Niedecker's practices of writing script-poems and radio scripts, listening to radio, and incorporating speech in poems, one might understand more closely her attunement to precise qualities, durations, rhythms, and materials of sound that generates a poetics of aural collage, speech reportage, and voice experiment.

Keywords: radio speech; poetic writing; orality; script-poems; aural collage

Chapter.  6688 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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