Brion Gysin - 3 Permutations
  Year :   1960
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Poem
  Materials:   -
  Info :   unspecified

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  Permutation is a technique commonly used by avant-gardes and above all, and systematically, by the American writer Gertrude Stein. It is possible to permute sentences, words within a sentence, syllables and phonemes within a word. Permutation is a typically modern device and considerable use was made of it in the plastic arts by the constructivists. In fact it permits the complete exhaustion of all the possible combinations within a given choice of material, without limit of number. The Englishman Brion Gysin, one of the founders of the beatnik movement and inventor of such new formulas as the collage-novel, has composed his phonic texts on this principle. I am is a classic of the genre. Composed exclusively of permutations of the biblical words I am that I am, with ever more marked accelerations, he succeeds in rendering, from the initial nucleus, a crowd of I ams, the creation of the world in geometrical progression until it fades away in the sidereal silence. Pistol-Poem (1960), ermutation for voice and pistol shots, is based on a number of pistol shots fired one, two, three, four, five times simultaneously, while the author, in the typical tone of a sergeant-major, orders the shots as if on parade. No, poets dont own words and Junk is no good baby, both composed in 1962, follow the same principle. Accessed 13.10.06 from