Michael Basinski

The Prepared Masque of the Red Death Poem

The poem The Prepared Masque of the Red Death Poem uses all the words from Edgar A. Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death in order and first removes all the vowels and casts the remaining consonants in a repeated sequence of 3 then 5 then 7 letters (a form of progression) and then orders the vowels into ghost sounds using the same 3, 5, 7 sequence. Capitals have been made small. There are fourteen paragraphs in Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death and there are fourteen movements in The Prepared Masque of the Red Death Poem. The position of punctuation from Poe’s original is maintained as best as can be maintained in the 3, 5, 7 sequence.  Commas trigger changes from 3 letters to 5 letters to 7 letters and back again to the 3, 5, 7 sequence…

 

[Ed. Note: Experience the rest of this “performance” poem below.]

The Prepared Masque of the Red Death PoemPDF

 

BIO

Michael Basinski lives in Buffalo, New York. Recent publications include Lot Sa Nots O http://xexoxial.org/is/lots_sa_nots_o/by/michael_basinski and with his wife Combings http://www.redfoxpress.com/dada-basinski2.html His poems have recently appeared in Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, Fell Swoop, and Volt, and in The Canary Islands Connection: 60 Contemporary American Poets.

 

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