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POETRY: Tedium or Play?

Is anyone acquainted with James Merrill's "The Changing
Light At Sandover?" I have never read it. Should I?

I am working on a long (not three volumes, not one
volume, less, less) of a reader's theater which I want to
perform with spoken word poets, synthesizer, bongo,
and Power Point graphics. I don't want this to be a strict
story or a choral work, but poetry, meaning in this case
language that makes use of rhythm and sound,
dialogue, and action, but retains the other-worldly
independence found in music, in Pound and Williams
and Moore. Do you think it possible, or do I have to
buckle down to the concrete senses and Three Acts of
a play?

Do you know anything about Merrill's volumes? Are they
theatrical, would they shed light on keeping an audience
(audibly and visually) throughout a performance or are they
so pedantic only a farmer with boots would wade through

Are there any playwrights out there who have written
successful abstract plays? I don't care if everybody on the
planet can't relate to the general story line, but can we
push the envelope to the brink to create a new experience,
a new expression for some audiences? How do I bring them
from Intro to Curtain using shorter lines, sound, comedy and
play and denser demonstrations of the senses?
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