Mix Tape: From the Mouths of Babes…and Speakers Sewn into Lace

Maggie Smith
July 26, 2012
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A six-year-old girl looks at classic book covers and guesses what the books are about. “It’s about the desert. It’s a mystery about the desert. You know, I think it’s actually about a slot machine that is lost in the desert.” (That’s Slaughterhouse Five, of course.)

True: Patrick Wensink’s novel Broken Piano for President has a great cover. Also true: Lazy Fascist Press deserved the cease-and-desist letter it received from Jack Daniels for that great cover.

Poetry dresses! In these Lace Sensor Dresses by artists Anja Hertenberger and Meg Grant, embroidered poems play aloud through tiny, sewn-in speakers when parts of the dresses are touched. “To play a poem about death and remembrance, for example, the wearer embraces herself by crossing her arms over her chest and pressing the pressure sensors on the sleeves.”

In 1968 the BBC interviewed a seven-year-old boy named Neil Gaiman about his experiences with Scientology.

Today’s poems about pregnancy, birth, and infancy (poets Beth Ann Fennelly, Rachel Zucker, and Julianna Baggott spring to mind, among others) skip the gloss and go straight to the sometimes less-than-picturesque reality.

Courtesy of the Poetry Foundation, here’s a selection of poems about parenthood.

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