Milan, Italy: Holidays Records, 2018
12" vinyl LP
Edition of 250
Originally released in 1972 by Griffin House, this reissue of the acclaimed collection of sound poetry by Toronto's Four Horsemen (bpNichol, Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton, and Steve McCaffery) includes a sixteen-page booklet and a printed inner sleeve with original artwork.
"The number of words we still use in our poetry comes as somewhat of a surprise to us, especially in the light of this album. Strictly speaking we cannot call what we do sound poetry if by it is meant that poetry which has its basis in non-verbal, vocal, and sub-vocal elements of sound. Nor are we into the electronic ramifications of sound in any sense beyond doing a record. We are in fact reluctant to pin the aesthetic continuum on which we operate to the first wall available. Still, perhaps the best name for what we do is what it always has been: poetry".
- Rafael Barreto-Rivera.