"Merge is an exciting and highly creative new collaboration between the intimate and innovative poetry of Cassandra Cleghorn and the brilliant supportive music created on the spot by Erik Lawrence and members of his band Hipmotism, Allison Miller and Rene Hart. In an era when Spoken Word has finally come to fruition, the spirit of ensemble and spontaneity that Jack Kerouac and I pioneered in NYC's first-ever jazz poetry reading in 1957 are now reaching new plateaus. Merge is another step forward in celebrating the marriage of poetry and music." David Amram September 10, 2006 -------- HONEY If I really wanted you to hear- to remember what I'm saying, I'd write these words in honey, in a language you don't yet know. Have you trace each letter with your tongue, have you swallow lesson upon lesson until you beg for a little salt. Then, all talked out, I would give you a crust brushed with tears. This, this is listening. Cassandra Cleghorn May 2006.