This is an audio recording of the phrase “In Arabic, absurdity is not being able to hear” being played on this poemophone.
As both a writer and a mother, M. C. Boyes composed with her children, letting them explore the instrument and concepts regarding the sacred and profane uses of language. Hank & May questioned the distinctions between words that were or not allowed to be said aloud in public and asked the audience to share words they believed to be profane. The two assessed the value and usage of each word, asking the audience to join in questioning censorship, and the use of so-called ‘curse’ words as self-expressions of the condition of being versus the use of these same words as derogatory name-calling.
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