The Ballad of Sand and Harry Soot

"A very odd love song, constructed around the figures of Sand and Soot, manages in ten inventive yet coherent pages to spin some astonishing variations on its theme. Sand and Soot are considered as elements, as temperaments, as linguistic fields, as harmonic fields, as shimmers and shades. One would think the possibilities exhaustible in a few pages, but this poet keeps deepening the premises of an inspired polarity. Everywhere the ranges of reference are generous—through binary numbers, physics, history, economics, medicine, magic, music. At times the poem seems to be made of brushstrokes, at times of whole notes—or maybe hemi-demi-semiquavers. When 'Tell's weapon' appears just two words away from the word 'inscription,' we are sufficiently wised-up not to miss the meta-poetics of this love tale." -- Heather McHugh

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The Stephanie Strickland Collection

An unpublished copy.

This copy was given to the Electronic Literature Lab by Stephanie Strickland in Spring of 2018. This generic backup CD-ROM is labeled in the artist's hand: "Ballad."

The Stephanie Strickland Collection

An unpublished copy.

This copy was given to the Electronic Literature Lab by Stephanie Strickland in Spring of 2018. This generic backup CD-ROM is bundled with True North and To Be Here as Stone Is and is dated in the author's hand "February 2000."

The Stephanie Strickland Collection

An unpublished copy.

This copy was given to the Electronic Literature Lab by Stephanie Strickland in Spring of 2018. This copy on a generic CD-ROM was bundled with True North, To Be Here as Stone Is, and Errand "on" Which We Came. The CD-ROM was created by Margie Luesebrink for Stephanie Strickland on 8/6/97. Hand-typed materials accompany this copy.

The Stephanie Strickland Collection

An unpublished copy.

This copy was given to the Electronic Literature Lab by Stephanie Strickland in Spring of 2018. This CD-ROM copy is bundled with Errand Upon Which We Came and To Be Here as Stone Is, labeled in the artist's hand.

The Stephanie Strickland Collection

An unpublished copy.

This copy was given to the Electronic Literature Lab by Stephanie Strickland in Spring of 2018. This copy is bundled on a generic CD-ROM with True North (Storyspace, MSIE, and Netscape files) and The Ballad of Sand and Harry Soot (files). It is labeled in the artist's hand "Stephanie Strickland Presentations 2/2000."

Word Circuits

Published in 1999 by Word Circuits.

This was copy donated to the Electronic Literature Lab by Dr. Talan Memmott and J. Patrick Forden in Fall of 2018. Copy media format: web.

PUBLICATION TYPE

Journal

Riding the Meridian

Published by Riding the Meridian.

This copy was given to the Electronic Literature Lab by Jennifer Ley in Spring of 2019. Copy media format: web.

PUBLICATION TYPE

Journal

ORIGINAL URL

http://www.wordcircuits.com/gallery/sandsoot/index.html

The Marjorie C. Luesebrink Collection

An unpublished copy.

This copy was given to ELO by Marjorie Luesebrink in Spring of 2018. This copy is bundled on a generic CD-ROM along with To Be Here as Stone Is. It is labeled "Strickland 10/2/99 Complete Presentation + ARCHIVE"

ORIGINAL URL

http://www.wordcircuits.com/gallery/sandsoot/