Happy Birthday, John Cage

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Today is John Cage’s birthday, and it’s a big one. There are lots of composers, musicians, and writers who are honoring him today, this month, and this year. My little tribute to Cage is this set of three mesostics 1 on his name. Cage constructed his mesostics using a lot of different methods during his lifetime, often using literary works for inspiration. I’ll not delve much deeper into my methodology here as not to bore you any further, other than to say that the sources for these words are taken from Wikipedia articles, chosen with the help of the “Random Article” feature (details below).

Three Mesostics for John Cage
by David MacDonald
5 September 2012

1
                  conJecture,
                 althOugh unclear,
             establisHed
                 liviNg

                     Connections
                  in Addition to
              buildinG local
                   tiEs.




2
                  subJect
                    tO a
                    gHostly
              imprisoNment when a 

                   faCility
                 in mArrakech
   have been observinG
                   thE embassy




3
                   obJective:
                   crOssing
                 furtHer
            to the laNd

    transmitting the Codewords.
                     Advance very quickly
                 alonG
                   thE division

If you’re really curious, here are my source articles, in order:

  1. São Jorge Island
  2. Who is Jake Ellis?
  3. 6th Airborne Division (United Kingdom)

Enough about me. Go write your own!

Notes:

  1. If you’re not sure what mesostics are, fear not. They’re just poems. Cage was particularly fond of them, and wrote hundreds of them during his lifetime for lots of purposes, including just to playfully communicate with friends. You can read about them here, here, or here.