Kate Reese Hurd
Here are some samples
of Kate Reese Hurd’s poetic miniatures on the speech sounds. Her book (see
below in “About the Author-Composer”) includes a glossary and contains
fifty-seven sets of etudes – usually four etudes per set for each vowel
and consonant – and the etudes in each are chosen to reflect the range of
word-images that each sound participates in.
Middle full placement:
Ghost moan-groans cloak those cold tholos groves. Hoooh!
Plumed kook-troupes cruise dune-routes new moons, nude – who knew?
Upper brighter placement:
Madcap Sam ran vast flat crabgrass lands? and dashed past Granddad's shack? Nah!
Seeds receive heat, leave sheathes ‘n heave beneath peat-sheets.
Taller darker placement:
Puck's lush runs flood the dusk, rush from hummock to hut – hush!
Ferg's bird murmured, churred, "Spur Earth's birth! Nurture verve, mirth!"
for the set of four B
etudes, see The Speech Sound
announcement card below
Tentative turtles tiptoe to tall turreted towers.
Gargantuan gusty gales engulf gorges, gouge gullies.
Noisy neighing nags nibble nettles in North Nooks.
Lazy loping laggard loiterers learn loathsome lessons late.
Wise worthy witches warn of wicked warlocks, werewolves and weird wayward wizards warring: beware!
Really? Are reckless rascals running rampant, racing ratlike ‘round rocky
Huge Hubert’s humongous hudibrastic hubris humoresque humiliates humans
humanely in humid Houston. Ach!
Schuss-like Shenandoah showers shoot; sheen ‘n shadows shift ‘n shimmer.
Virile vengeful Visigoths vanquish invading Vinland Viking vandals.
Egads! The kudzu near Maude’s sheds hides loads of katydids ‘n broods of toads, but weds their moods ‘n song-feuds into odes to the clouds.
Zany zodiac zealots zoom t’ zenith zones. Zoiks! (resonating fire
Though they are there for thee, go thou thusly the way thereunto them thyself, thisaway … thence to those that are therein … therefore, then ‘n
there. Thar. (resonating fire
Misty moonlit mizzle made marvelous moss mounds moist. Magnificent! (resonating
Dracula dreamt of drinking dreadful drafts, drips ‘n droplets in dribbles
Blimey! Bleating blabbermouth blowhards blurt bloopers and blat blow-by-blow blunderbuss blather.
Snide snollygosters sneer, snarl ‘n snipe at sneaky snakes.
Endowed with a powdery shroud, a proud cloud-crowd bowed 'n plowed – how
Debonaire rebel Ebenezer debits a nebulous ebonized Lebanese web.
Lulu saw Jusef with an obtuse goose and a reclusive babirusa vamoosing to Yamoussoukro in a loose caboose to get some mousse? – sounds like Seuss, but abstruse!
The efficacy of effulgence and effeminate effusions is iffy; but effete
effacing effluvium is not effective.)
About the Author-Composer
Kate Reese Hurd hadn’t intended to develop her voice and skill with the
spoken word so as to become a regular presenter of poems and poetic miniatures
at local poetry gatherings. These activities came as a totally unexpected gift
that manifested as a result of her determination to lay a fresh foundation for
an art of movement known as eurythmy. One of the keys to this fresh foundation
has been her thorough engagement with the speech sounds of our language. And her
medium for this engagement has been the poetic miniature etude-studies she has
composed for each of the vowels and consonants. Through learning and honing these
poetic miniatures, and through intensive speech-work with them, she has learned
to discern and know the quintessential movement urge, the ‘gesture-impulse,’
of each sound. But along the way, she became aware that laying hold of these gesture-impulses
directly is not only essential for the art of eurythmy in its expression of poetic
speech through movement; laying hold of them is also essential for all arts that
involve the spoken word. And it happened that through her intensive speech-work,
she developed a gift for fathoming and giving voice to the rhythms, musicality
and sound-moods of poems; and she has felt driven to share this poetic richness
out loud with others whenever and wherever opportunities arise. (Please feel free
to inquire and request.)
Reese Hurd’s recent book presents the poetic miniature etudes for the vowels
and the single consonants: The Speech Sound Etudes, Volume I: Revelations
of the Logos
, with the subtitle, Poetic miniatures for sounding our language:
a body of speech-work for speakers, actors, eurythmists, poets, writers, singers,
teachers, therapists and philologists
. Her detailed research report on her
foundation work is posted at the Eurythmy Association of North America website
(artistic section) and is now available as a companion booklet: The Speech
Sound Etudes: Feeling the Gestures and Finding the Figures
. Since its posting,
she has been writing articles for the EANA Newsletter. Her third article, “Etheric
Bodies are Moving to the Speech Sound Etudes,” appeared in the Spring 2016
edition. It describes her success in bringing this work to the public in the form
of recitations of poems framed by these poetic miniatures, which evoke the sound-moods
that belong to each poem. She is busy building her poetic repertory, presenting
poems and the etudes, preparing lecture-demonstrations of the gesture-impulse
work and developing her eurythmy work. Teaching will be part of her unfolding
activities. She also continues to compose etudes for mastering the interactions
and crucial transitions between the speech sounds. In due time, these will be
published as The Speech Sound Etudes, Volume II: The Combination-Consonant
Etudes and Volume III: The Vowel-to-Consonant Etudes
Reese Hurd is a graduate of the program in eurythmy at Spring Valley NY and holds
degrees in music and English literature. A description of the life path that led
her to her present work can be found at the back of both her book (Volume
) and her research report. Kate can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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