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Collage Poem – Henry’s Body: A Thousand Hacks

Collage Poem taken from John Berry

Henry’s Body: A Thousand Hacks is an audio collage poem made from the all the words taken from poet John Berryman’s reading of his poem Dream Song 29. The project consists of an audio collage from a 1970s recording of confessional poet John Berryman’s drunken reading of his poem Dream Song 29. It was cut up using SoundTrack Pro.

This poem, also known as Poész, constitutes part of a collaborative project with Algerian artist and fellow MFA in Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz cohort Lyés Belhocine. Stanzas of the collaged poem are randomized by MAX/MSP/Jitter to sequentially play audio in five and seven syllables.

Henry’s Body:
A Thousand Hacks

Clicking here will let you view the PDF version of how I organized the text collage of John Berryman’s Dream Song 29 as an ordinary stanzaic poem.

This two minute video of the poetry reading offers you to listen to the cut-up poem and read my iteration of the audio collage of John Berryman’s reading of Dream Song 29.


This is a screenshot of the MAX/MSP/Jitter program that was built to play the stanzas on multiple speakers.

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