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“Poetry, Art, Music—and the Gift of Synesthesia” (an image essay in Talking Writing)

A couple of years ago, Talking Writing published some poems of mine from Looms, a manuscript that has recently been published by Shearsman Books.

Martha Nichols, one of the editors, recently approached me about writing an illustrated essay about what it’s like to work in three disciplines: poetry, collage, and music.

I invite you to have a look at the resulting featured spread in Talking Writing and to explore the rest of the issue, which will be added to during the next few weeks.

Click the image below to view my collages and essay:

Camille Martin

Om Kalsoum: A rare live recording of the Nightingale of Egypt

          Years ago a friend slipped me a cassette of a young Om Kalsoum recorded live in what sounds like a cafe full of spontaneously appreciative audience members.
          I’ve never heard Kalsoum sound so secular and sexy. The sound quality of the recording isn’t that great, but who cares? Her voice is youthful, sultry and exquisite.
          I made a cd of the cassette (about 38 minutes long) and managed to create a .wav file—it’s pretty large, but available for the downloading here:


          It grows in intensity, so it pays to listen to it to the end.



Camille Martin

Songs from Sonnets (glitch fixed)

I’ve been composing song settings for some of the poems in Sonnets and wanted to share some of the results here. Below are the audiofiles with scores that I uploaded to YouTube.

The program that I used for the score and audio is MuseScore. The sound quality isn’t terribly subtle, but it gives a general idea. The songs are scored for soprano with piano accompaniment.

Have a listen!






Camille Martin
Sonnets (Shearsman Books, 2010)