After the Airforce

by Wagner Sun-Odeon Rauh

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On a fall night in New York City, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Sondra Sun-Odeon, and Charlie Rauh came together to perform "Rings," a multidisciplinary sound-music-poetry performance based on Wagner's poetry collection of the same title, at The St. Marks Poetry Project. After the performance, the three artists made plans to convene again to capture the original impulse of the collaboration and to further explore the divergent forms, rhythms, and palettes available to them. “After the Airforce” is a powerful first-time collaboration between the three friends. Using Wagner’s long poem as both script and score, Sun-Odeon and Rauh weave a fluid improvisation of melody and rhythm through Wagner’s narration. The short film featuring their recording melds Wagner’s moving images with her poetry as Sun-Odeon and Rauh's haunting soundtrack darkens and grows sweet.

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After the airforce
After the construction paper tulips
After the icicles slip
After the election
After the left hand feigns cursive
A sparrow attacks an almond
A static of gnats spackles a window
A stucco ceiling, a yellow balloon
An ageless agave spiking
As an arsonist warns his long lost brother
about a cobra in a basket
in a dream he had of hunting
As dust motes echo...


released January 27, 2017
Voice: Jasmine Dreame Wagner
Guitars: Sondra Sun-Odeon & Charlie Rauh
Mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering

"After the Airforce" was first published in Verse and is available as a chapbook from Ahsahta Press (Rewilding) and as part of Wagner's debut collection published by Kelsey Street Press (Rings).

Jasmine Dreame Wagner is an American poet, musician, and multidisciplinary artist. Her first book, Rings, won the Kelsey Street Press Firsts! Contest, selected by Elizabeth Robinson. On a Clear Day, a full-length collection of lyric essays, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press in 2017.

Sondra Sun-Odeon is a Brooklyn-based singer/musician and artist working in performance, sound, image, and voice. As vocalist and guitarist, she co-wrote two releases for the psych-rock acid-folk band, Silver Summit, and a solo album, Aetherea.

Guitarist/composer Charlie Rauh has been awarded grants from The Klaustrid Residency, Meet The Composer, and The Herndon Arts Council. His debut EP as a solo artist, Innocent Speller, is available from Composers Concordance Records/Naxos of America.



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