January 4, 2005
It was great getting to hang out with Christian Bök at MLA, even if his university wrote a horribly-headlined publicity article about him. His work in progress, The Cyborg Opera, attempts to take poetry straight from the influences of jazz into techno music. Parts of the poem, using ordinary English words, imitate the sound of the music from different segments of Super Mario Bros. You can get a sample of this work in these two bits of it, “Motorized Razor” and “Mushroom Clouds” [MP3]. Yes, Christian sounds pretty much like that in person, although he uses the word “cadenza” less often.