Wednesday, May 2, 2012

An evening of Houdini inspired poetry at the MMoCA

As part of the special programing for Houdini Art and Magic, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wisconsin will host an evening of poetry this Friday, May 4, 2012. Here's the description from the MMoCA website:

Magic and Metamorphosis: An Evening of Poetry - Members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets will read original works that delve into themes expressed in Houdini: Art and Magic. The evening will include a performance by Karl Elder of his major work The Houdini Monologues.

Houdini Art and Magic will be on show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art through May 13, 2012. This is exhibition's final stop in a tour which has included New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

2 comments:

  1. I too was inspired to write a poem about Houdini:

    The Ghost of Houdini
    by Michael Pascoe

    The ghost of magician Harry Houdini
    Walks the halls of the hospital Sinai-Grace.
    Released from a lamp like Aladdin’s genie,
    And disappears without a trace.

    Walks the halls of the hospital Sinai-Grace,
    His booming voice is forever muffled.
    And disappears without a trace.
    The mortal coil he has shuffled.

    His booming voice is forever muffled,
    Like the cards he once manipulated.
    The mortal coil he has shuffled,
    “I will return”, he once stipulated.

    Like the cards he once manipulated
    Every year on all hollows eve,
    “I will return”, he once stipulated.
    Vigil, though his spirit does not believe.

    Every year on all hollows eve
    Séances run by many a magician.
    Vigil, even though they do not believe,
    They continue this yearly tradition.

    Séances run by many a magician.
    The zero hour has come and gone.
    They continue this yearly tradition,
    Turn out the light, it’s a new dawn.

    The zero hour has come and gone;
    Good night Harry, as they all close the door.
    Turn out the light, it’s a new dawn,
    The Master Magician returns no more.

    Good night Harry, as they all close the door
    And disappears without a trace.
    The Master Magician returns no more
    To slowly walk the halls of Sinai-Grace.

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