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Peter Reading, 5x5x5x5x5x

Dramatic Readings



Peter Reading

5x5x5x5x5 was conceived as collaboration with artist, David Butler, and originally published with his images. It consists of 5 sections, each section of 5 units, each unit 5 stanzas, each stanza 5 lines, each line 5 syllables (there is one hypercatalectic line in 2 v). 5 personae are observed in 5 (licensed) locations.

The following is the first two stanzas of Unit 1, Section 1:

A dead wombat, stuffed
with contemptuous
disregard for all
is nailed to a beam
with a Davy lamp
and a World War I
gas-mask and a glass
fashioned like a boot.