spoken word



Watch “for the Artist who paints with sound” in South Shore Review

Read “Food Porn” (first published in Feathertale) in Porridge magazine.

Read “My Exciting Day” in Funny Pearls.

Read “Sole Sitter I” in the 2022 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest (page 5)

Read “1964” (first published in Weave Magazine) in Ginosko Literary Journal (page 96).

Hear “Walk in My Shoes,” a finalist in the Independent Music Awards.

Hear “Sacred Music,” originally published in Voices de la Luna.

Hear “No Pass No Play,” originally published in Amp Magazine, Vol. 4.

Mandala Music Production provides music and voiceover for Los Angeles-based experimental writer Janis Butler Holm, whose prose, poems, and performance pieces have appeared in small-press, national, and international magazines. The following sound poems are selections from Holm’s upcoming book of experimental work Rabelaisian Play Station. While drawing from Dadaist (Hugo Ball) and Surrealist (Kurt Schwitters) traditions, her work differs from earlier sound experiments by using real words instead of non-word phonetic sequences, engaging the reader by the possibilities of interpretation even as the word combinations refuse to transmit meaning in conventional ways.


Hear “Sound Poems” in Amp Magazine.

Hear “Sound Poems” in the Visual Poetry Project.

Hear “Sound Poems in The Journal.

photo by shiranai
Hear “Diner Dialogue” in Permafrost.

Hear “Memo to Barbie: Re the Breakup”
from the anthology Take a Stand, Art Against Hate.

Hear “Army” in Ponder Review.

Hear “Potato Fleet” in Quarterly West.

Hear “Apples and Bananas” in Posit.