for_twovocalists @ the Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater

  • Sector 2337 2337 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States

7:00pm: for_twovocalists by Nathanael Jones w/ Beth McDonald and Neal Markowski

Well, what does the title tell us? for_twovocalists. Let’s begin with the easiest part: “twovocalists.” A compound word of sorts. First a “two,” which unequivocally refers to the “vocalists”—there are two of them. Additionally, “vocalists” can be broken down further into the words vocal (relating to the human voice), and lists (a number of connected items or names). Together, they give us an idea of what to expect. Then there is the “for,” a preposition in this case. Preceding the compound word “twovocalists,” we understand it to mean that something is in support of/supporting the vocalists, or, that it is on behalf of/to the benefit of them. This is comforting. Lastly, we have the underscore. This is the most difficult part. It is a holdover from the typewriter, where it was used to underline sections of a typed text. In the digital age, it has come to find a wide variety of uses (email addresses and ASCII art being among the most popular). The greatest puzzle here then is to ascertain why a typographical element used to give emphasis should be place beneath an empty space.

About the festival: Between December 7th and December 10th Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions will present a Festival of Poets Theater at Sector 2337 (Dec. 7th, 8th, and the afternoon of the 10th) and Links Hall (Dec. 9th and 10th). The festival features 3-4 events each evening beginning at 7pm and a symposium on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00pm. More information here.