©David Braden, 2015

©David Braden, 2015

“That’s the trouble with all my strawberries. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.” – Yoko Ono

i

That’s the trouble with all my strawberries. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my strawberry. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my strawperries. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my trawberries. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tawberries. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tawpberries. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tawperries. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my taperries. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tapestry. They tend to evaporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

ii

That’s the trouble with all my tapestry. They tend to eviporate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tapestry. They tend to eviscerate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tapestry. They tend to viscerate and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tapestry. They tend to viscerade and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tapestry. They tend to viscerade and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tapestry. They tend to vicisserade and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the trouble with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

iii

That’s the drouble with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the dreable with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the dreamel with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

That’s the dreambark with all my tapestry . They tend to vicissitude and I find myself on the floor doing nothing.

iv

That’s the dreambark with all my tapestry . They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blon the floor doing nothing.

That’s the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing nothing.

v

That’s the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing nothing.

Shats the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing nothing.

Shatch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing nothing.

Scatch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing nothing.

Scratch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing nothing.

vi

Scratch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lothing.

Scratch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lothin.

Scratch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lathin.

Scratch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing latin.

Scratch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantin.

Scratch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lanten.

Scratch the dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantern.

vii

Scratch glhe dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyph dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantern

Scratch glyphs dreambark with all my tapestry. They tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantern.

viii

Scratch glyphs dreambark with all my tapestry. Shey tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark with all my tapestry. Shale tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark with all my tapestry. Shales tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark with all my tapestry. Shells tend to vicissitude and I find myself blue the floor doing lantern.

ix

Scratch glyphs dreambark with all my tapestry. Shells tend to vicissitude and I kind myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark with all my tapestry. Shells tend to vicissitude and I clind myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark with all my tapestry. Shells tend to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

x

Scratch glyphs dreambark weeth all my tapestry. Shells tend to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark weep all my tapestry. Shells tend to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark weeps all my tapestry. Shells tend to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps all my tapestry. Shells tend to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

xi

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps all my tapestry. Shells tent to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps all my tapestry. Shells dent to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps all my tapestry. Shells don’t to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps all my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

xii

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps tall my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps till my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twill my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twit my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude and I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

xiii

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude ound I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude ounds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude lounds  I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude louds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

xiv

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist my tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist more tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

xv

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot to vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot tom vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot tomb vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot boom vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds I cliff myself blue the floor doing lantern.

xvi

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds I cliff marself blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds I cliff marmelf blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds I cliff marmalf blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds I cliff tarmalf blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds I cliff tarmac blue the floor doing lantern.

xvii

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds I cliff tarmac blue the floor doing lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue the floor doing lantern.

xviii

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue the floor dying lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue the floor drying lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue the floor prying lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue the floor prior lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue the floor prayer lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue the floor prairie lantern.

xvix

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue this floor prairie lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue thirst floor prairie lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purst floor prairie lantern.

Scratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

xx

Cratch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

Catch glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

Cash glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

Gash glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

Gas glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry. Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry, Shells dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

xxi

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry, shiles dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry, aisles dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry, aisle dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for tapestry, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

xxii

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for vapestry, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for vapestrate, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for vaporate, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lantern.

xxiii

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie lanterns.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie stranterns.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawterns.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberns.

As glyphs dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

xxiv

As stiffs dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

As staffs dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

As stars dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I dot bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

xxv

As stars dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I fought bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

As stars dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I fond bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

As stars dreambark seeps twist for evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

xxvi

As stars dreambark seeps twist fire evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

As stars dreambark seeps twist fight evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

As stars dreambark seeps twist night evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well prairie strawberries.

xxvii

As stars dreambark seeps twist night evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well grairie strawberries.

As stars dreambark seeps twist night evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glary strawberries.

As stars dreambark seeps twist night evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glaring strawberries.

As stars dreambark seeps twist night evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

xxviii

As stars drembark seeps twist night evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars trembark seeps twist night evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps twist night evaporates, I find bloom vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

xxvix

As stars tremble seeps twist night evaporates, I find blue vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps twist night evaporates, I find blues vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps twist night evaporates, I find moos vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps twist night evaporates, I find mice vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps twist night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

xxx

As stars tremble saps twist night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble sands twist night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble sand twist night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

xxxi

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse well glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse weff glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse ef glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

xxxii

As stars tremble seep and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble sea and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble sss and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps and night evaporates, I find myself vicissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

xxxiii

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself micissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself mucissitude clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself mucissitade clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multissitade clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multiissilade clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multilayed clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue purse of glistening strawberries.

xxxiv

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue surse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue souse of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue sounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue esounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue deesounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble seeps and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue deemsounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

xxxv

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered clouds you cliff tarmac blue dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered in you cliff tarmac blue dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered in in cliff tarmac blue dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered in intri tarmac blue dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered in intricate blue dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered in intricate lue dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered in intricate oo dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

As stars tremble and night evaporates, I find myself multi-layered in intricate dreamsounds of glistening strawberries.

©David Braden, 2015

David Braden lives in Oakland. By day he is an Elementary  Literacy Coach for Oakland Unified School District. By night, he fights crime with experimental  poetry and sounds.  His work is  at www.davidbraden.weebly.com.

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Notes on Language Transformation Piece in 8 Point font

Structure

Language Transformation Piece begins with a quote from Yoko about the nature of the creative process, and the challenge artists’ have in bringing the contents of their imagination into the physical-spatial-temporal world. The piece ends with my own variation of the quote. In between the beginning and end, each section transforms, word by word, Yoko’s word into mine. Each section shows the transformation from the original word to the new word, phoneme by phoneme. Whenever possible, I used words found in the dictionary, but often had to rely on made-up words.

Rationale

Language Transformation Piece is not a poem in the traditional sense of the word, and may present a challenge to readers who are accustomed to reading standard verse. Here are some things that might help. First, instead of reading it from beginning to end, word by word, it might help to just look at it: its shape, its contours, its sections. It is in 8 point font specifically because that is the largest font it can be while keeping each sentence to one line. As a visual poem, it is inspired by artists who have blurred the lines between language and sign (Ian Finlay, Xu Bing, John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman, and Tomomi Adachi to name a few of my favorites). Next, I suggest reading it aloud, ideally with more than one person. Fluxus artists, of which Yoko Ono was associated, created texts and instruction pieces that give musicians, performers and audience directions for realizing a sound piece. Reading it aloud brings out not just the repetition, but the slight variations that bring about gradual changes over time. In this sense Language Transformation Piece is a minimalist piece along the lines of Steve Reich’s tape loops.

Meaning

The piece itself is a meditation on the quote, and a response to it. Although, by the end of the piece I’m still dreaming of glistening strawberries, the realization of Language Transformation Piece offers the flip side of Yoko Ono’s statement. When I first read the quote, it echoed my own frustrations, and fears of spending my life on the floor thinking, but never doing. But through the long hours of writing, recording, and hearing the words over and over again, I have come to understand the statement in a new light. As someone who invented chess with pieces all the same color, and got the United Nations to recognize an imaginary country, and filmed a fly moving across a woman’s body, Yoko’s life is a testament to action through in-action. The transformation that happens in this piece represents the transformative process that is occurring right now, almost invisibly. We lie on the floor, watch television, dream and live out our lives. And one day we wake to find that there is something beautiful before you, and you ask, “How did that get there?” It’s seems like magic, but it isn’t. All those hours, minutes and seconds, while we were on the floor, in our office, driving here and there, this beautiful thing was being created. This process of transformation permeates our existence as much as its opposite. Breathe, dream, imagine your crazy, half-baked wonderings. Lay in bed long enough, and the world will come to you.

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