Schizophrenia may be characterized by a surfeit of language, a refurbishment of our used up words with musical connections every day speech and sense cannot provide. These riffs are �clangings,” and Cramer imagines them into a poetic narrative that exults in both aural richness and words’ power to evoke an interior landscape whose strangeness is intimate, unsteady, and sti...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Sarabande Books
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Clangings (Streven Cramer, Sarabande Books) is one of the oddest poetry books I have ever read. Referring to a form of communication sometimes seen in schizophrenia and mania, “clanging” refer to a type of speech in which the sound of a word, rather than its meaning, gives the direction to subsequent associations. The speech of a patient manifesting “clang associations” would therefore be based more on interplays of sound (rhymes, puns, neologisms, etc) than on the substance of the connections....more