More recently, the poet has worked with the composer Cindy Cox, his wife. These include Hysteria, The Other Side of the World, The Shape of the Shell, Singing the Lines, and Nature is. All of these have been performed throughout the world and have been recorded as well. Ms. Cox used one of the poet’s Texturals for the cover of her CD, Nature Is.
The Shape of the Shell
You can find an audio of this work at this link: http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/node/11011
Here is the text:
My daughter bade me put a shell to my ear.
That’s the sound of the ocean, I said.
Papa, is the OCEAN inside of it?
Sophia, the shape of the shell causes the sound.
Then the ocean really is the shaper of things
You throw a stick of wood out into the water
and it comes back a fish.
The Other Side of the World
Here’s a YouTube audio link. Nina Assimakopoulos plays flute. Campion recites his poem.
Here salmon ran full and red
and we ate together till our bellies sang.
Then the white brought his money
and many other things.
Now we live on stamps and must increase the dosage,
as their doctors say.
But nothing can rid us of the disease
or call the fish to return
from the Other Side of the World.
Cindy Cox wrote a piece for Trombone Quartet using some Campion Text. The piece appears on an album along with two other Cox compositions.
You can listen here. The cover was painted by John Campion.
Nature is and our nature is
the opening of a woman leads to Xibalba
the doors of the church must open to her.
You can find a description of this work along with the text and an audio at the following link:
Singing the Lines
Follow this link for a description of this work along with a score and an audio:
the desert colors—
chewed breath filled cave paintings
and everything in it
Walking Naming It—
the rocks tell me
the beasts the planets the plants the water the wind—
we find our selves
singing the lines
here to yonder