‘Join us in the in the space between forms where words, meanings and noises come together or fall apart.’

A day and night of activity at the Fruitmarket, SONIC/POETICS brought together poets who place the element of sound to the front and centre of their practice, whether in self-conscious ‘sound poetry’ or as part a broader range of carefully balanced elements that might include typographic high-jinx, installation and performance.

Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo, is an artist who experiments with breaking away from poems on the page to create immersive installations. The day began with Capildeo’s Small Cave of Light: five hours of light projections, soundscape and a floor-based labyrinth with activations led by the poet in words and movement.

In the evening there were readings from David Hopkins, whose text ‘Not Sound Poetry But Sonic Poetics’ becomes a manifesto urging poets to consider the sonic possibilities of the word. He was joined by two fellow poets doing just that, Karenjit Sandhu and Philip Terry, each of whom shared performances.

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