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In at the navel and up to the heart! [Mar. 12th, 2004|03:31 pm]
Miss Von Trapp
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Last night's 'A-Live' was great!!

We spent a lot of time working on mirroring other people, and, at one point we were going around the room in pairs alongside one another, and talking one word each at a time to other pairs... Had some bizarre conversations about off eggs and whatnot... Then we continued going around in pairs and talking at the same time...speech slowed down so we were instinctively saying the same words as our partner, and having conversations with other pairs doing the same... "IIIII feeeeeeeeeel stttttrrrraaaaaaange!" etc...

Worked on mirrored scenes happening on opposite sides of the stage, and then sat and formulated some ideas... Contrapuntal conversations running across several bar tables...talking over the heads of the audience with some actors amongst them, some on the stage...theatre of cruelty and other such things...

Went to work at 10pm, mindless typing all the way through till 3:30am when I went to the office and sat doing duty obs until 6am. Got a lift home with Dawn.

Sleep : 7am to 11:45am... Dad then collected me and took me to theatre...

Worked the 'Object Box' this afternoon...random objects, discovering innovative things to do with them... A black umbrella became me being a crow, a wooden board became an island that we all three fought to stand on... A green ostrich feather became undergrowth from which Nick ran roaring... An old telephone became a goats head as I crawled along the floor bleating... That sort of thing...

Went to the bank, they said no to an overdraft increase and/or loan... Went to the bus station, then the train station... Got a train ticket to Whitby : faster and cheaper...

Brain in 'train track rhythm'; ('diddledy dee, diddledy dee, diddledy diddledy diddledy dee') which was a game we played at theatre last night, standing in a circle and going round, word each at a time...

...and I came up with a new poem as I walked along with that rhythm in my head!!


The Stabcurdle Song

As I went walking along through the park
I spied a young lady alone in the dark

She nodded at me as I passed by her way
'Twas an icy-cold evening, not late into May.

Perhaps she was lonely, perhaps she was lost;
So I stopped. Doubled back.
Black boots crunching on frost.

"Twistiguts stabcurdle
Rend her apart!
In at the navel
And up to the heart!"

So taking my arm we walked on through the dark
Until she was safely led out of the park.

Well many a lady I walk on my arm,
But honestly, Copper, I do them no harm.

And that's where I left her on that chilly night;
A corner. A street-lamp.
Alone in the light.

"Twistiguts stabcurdle
Rend her apart!
In at the navel
And up to the heart!"


Now I'm a bit knackered, cup of tea, cup of tea....might go back to bed for a couple of hours snoozle this evening before work as I have a VERY busy day tommorrow!!!


[User Picture]From: nnp
2004-03-12 09:38 pm (UTC)
i love that new poem... it rocks! you write in a manner which makes me think of very dark, very gothic childrens rhymes. i love them!


btw - when we get to san francisco on the 25th i can go to citylights bookstore (home of all hip & beatnik) and i am picking you up a copy of dianne diprima's most famous book... a semi-autobiography... "memoirs of a beatnik." awesome book!

also by diprima...
"dinners and nightmares"

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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-03-12 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thankyou:)) You can blame Dr. Seuss...and Ogden Nash : Adventures of Isabel for those ones;)

I've been writing about work mostly tonight tho lol! Whole different kettle of fish!!

You're getting me a book?? Oh wow!!!

*bouncing happily*

Ok, I'd better get to bed...3 hours sleep before an all day rehearsal, bleh!;)
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-03-12 10:32 pm (UTC)
I *love* Ogden Nash!!!

Adventures of Isabel
by Odgen Nash

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry.
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.

Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch's face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch's gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch crowed,
I'll turn you into an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry,
She showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
But she turned the witch into milk and drank her.

Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forhead.
Good morning, Isabel, the giant said,
I’ll grind your bones to make my bread.
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She nibled the zwieback that she always fed off,
And when it was gone, she cut the giant’s head off.

Isabel met a troublesome doctor,
He punched and he poked till he really shocked her.
The doctor’s talk was of coughs and chills
And the doctor’s satchel bulged with pills.
The doctor said unto Isabel,
Swallow this, it will make you well.
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She took those pills from the pill concocter,
And Isabel calmly cured the doctor.

More here: http://www.hxms.com/nash/nash.htm

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[User Picture]From: nnp
2004-03-13 09:33 am (UTC)
those rock! :) tim burton should make cartoon shorts of those. that'd be perfect.
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[User Picture]From: nnp
2004-03-13 09:31 am (UTC)
yes... i am getting you a book. :) every hip woman should own and read this book... plus i'm pretty sure you can order other diprima books out of a form in the back...

this book changed the way i thought about life. indeed!

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