Visual Sound Poems
For example, “To Tell Her Why I Know God is not Just an Umbrella” (the VSP shown below) forms from various sound waves. After I captured the waves, I wrote each of them inside the space of this VSP. Utilizing a program, I layered the sound waves over, under, and among the other sounds in order to produce the balance of layers and colors. The waves do not produce these images on their own. An author must write the waves into the physical space of a blank page in order to produce each VSP.
Visual Sound Poems do not stand alone. After the completion of each VSP, the page required more attention. Words started becoming after the visual completion as if the sounds grew beyond their images and began asking for words. Words began to swim around each VSP and attempted to find a place to beach. As words formed around the visual, they took on a life of their own and wanted color, too. I added color to the words to balance the colors with the VSP. The meaning(s) of the VSP changed as language became on the page. The reader could read all the words together as a solid poem or read the colors separately for many small poems within the overall poem. Because of how the VSP communicates with the language on the page, multiple poems live within one poem. Visual Sound is one way that sound can be visual, tangible, and live on in a new way.
Technology allows sound to be visual in this way. The more I work with sound waves, the more I understand what sound is capable of for my field and for language. I will never find the end of sound. This morning, I waited for sounds to enter my window while a business next door attempted to sound proof the bar by my flat. The drive of machinery and ganging up of instruments swirl with the other sounds that haunt an early morning alley. Those sounds seem to move away from me. My next project will be to let sound show me how it is capable of becoming endless.