Cindy Cox (Music and Text with John Campion)


The Shape of the Shell
(2′ x 3′)
Paper cut out, ink, metal flakes, water colors on homemade paper

More recently, the poet has worked with the composer Cindy Cox, his wife. These include HysteriaThe Other Side of the WorldThe Shape of the ShellSinging 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:

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 (2′ x 3′)
prayer papers, text, ink, watercolor, on paper


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.

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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:


Light changes

the desert colors—

chewed breath filled cave paintings

with spittle

tran                                    substantiates—

and everything in it

is medicine.


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