a handmade chapbook, edition of 100. Photography and construction by Lisa Steichmann, Poetry by Petra Kuppers. riverdog press @2012
The chapbook emerged from the song cycle Spherical, which began its journey at an Olimpias disability culture retreat at Sierra Hot Springs and developed through a series of somatics workshops and performances in California, Australia and Michigan. Lisa shot the photos underwater in Pickerel Lake, where we swim like Amazons in the cold spring water.
Spherical was part of the FEDPP Project (feminism, embodiment, disability, poetry and performance), in which we explored the heritage of feminist poetics and its love for, though, and with our bodyminds.
for a different part of Spherical, hear this soundpoem, created by opera singer Misha Penton, poetry Petra Kuppers (textsound, Vol. 12, 2012)
Other parts of Spherical have been published in Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, and in Streetnotes: Ethnography, Poetry and the Documentary Experience.
An editorial collective intriguingly deformed Spherical-infused writing (DIY: what can you do for yourself? The Poeti(x) of Disability Activism) in the journal Epistemologies.
For a discussion of the creation of the FEDPP project, there's a journal article:
Petra Kuppers: ‘Poetry-ing: Feminist Disability Aesthetics and Poetry Communities.’ English Language Notes, special issue on The Shape of the I. 49:2, Fall/Winter 2011. 73:82.
And finally, here is a video collaboration that emerged out of the FEDPP Project, with Denise Leto:
A Radiant Approaching 3 mins, 2013. (audio described version, and second audio description version, focusing on the words projected onto skin, and creating sound effects to go along with audio description, both versions created by Melissa Herskowitz, Adrienne Chiu, and Lacie Turnbell. English 317: Disability Culture, Fall 2013 class, University of Michigan)
A meditation on language, skin, speech difference, and communication. Fragments of longing, belonging and being in place, with lines of Robert Kelly's Mont Blanc, Linda Norton's The Public Gardens, and James Thomas Stevens' and Caroline Sinavaiana's collaboration Mohawk/Samoa: Transmigrations.
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