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Broadcasting Modernism$
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Debra Rae Cohen, Michael Coyle, and Jane Lewty

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033495

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033495.001.0001

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“Speech without Practical Locale”

“Speech without Practical Locale”

Radio and Lorine Niedecker’s Aurality

(p.221) Chapter 12 “Speech without Practical Locale”
Broadcasting Modernism

Broo Khouglum

University Press of Florida

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

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