Send in the Clown
Performance poet Hedwig Gorski has become an international phenomenon since leaving the Austin, Texas, club scene and underground poetry circles there. Her 2007 book titled Intoxication: Heathcliff on Powell Street, chronicles the mood of the late 1970s and early 80s in romantic, crazy Austin quite well. But the release of the audio CD proves that Gorski was ahead of her time, leading the avant-garde she claims for American literature. She returns with a Ph.D. in creative writing, a bit after-the-fact but appropriate for the intellectualism of the texts she performs "eerily" with East of Eden Band members. Band members include poet/spoken vocalist Hedwig Gorski, leader/musical compositions/guitar D'Jalma Garnier, drums/percussion Booka Michel, bass Horatio "Cola" Rodriguez. WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING about the album by East of Eden Band--the best practitioner of poetry and music performance poetry, a genre Hedwig Gorski named: "Gorski is alien, gypsy; she makes the mundane, the obvious seem-no, become-otherwordly. The East of Eden Band is a rock n' roll fettle." Ric Williams, Austin Chronicle "I can't get over how good this stuff sounds and how important regional poetry can be. Wish there were more like you.' Bob McCarthy, CHUO-FM89 Radio Ontario, Canada 'Very popular on the underground circuit. She is remakably good at telling stories of people, either descriptions of them ('Teenager in Nova Scotia'; 'Peek Now You Acid Tripper'), or, seemingly, as personal experiences related as a commentary on what moticates people ('A Drunken Savoir'). These folks are professional and interesting.' Bix Larda, Sound Choice 'Gorski is widely acknowledged as one of our innovative and most compelling poets.' New Texas Magazine 'Gorski's poetry is close to music, with effective sound play. She creates images that soothe, tease, cut to the bone.' John Herndon, Austin-American Statesman. 'A first-rate multi-media language artist and literary talent of wide ranging skills and accomplishments.' Loris Essary, Noumenon Foundation 'She is an avant-garde artist who successfully blends her love of performance and sound with the dreamy images of spiritual and philosophical musings spiralling from her curioser and curioser mind's eye.' Ric Williams, Litera.