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April 16, 2013

Avant-guard theology. The ground under your feet. The vocalization of the most obscure. Set to music, and photo-documented. Poetry by Ted Williams, music by The Media Assassins.


The Best You Can Make of It

March 4, 2013

For a brief period in the 90’s there was a spontaneous poetry/music scene in Rochester, New York, and this was the mood. Music by Annie Wells, and The Media Assassins. ¬†Photos, text and vocal by Ted Williams.


December 23, 2012

“There are many books, but no book describes this truth.” Every time, the arrival of winter is a weird erasure, harkening to primitive landscapes, yet clinging to eternal triumphs. Music by Annie Wells, w/ The Media Assassins.

The Police Get a Real Halloween

October 30, 2012

This fictional news story was written in 1982 for The Vergennes Citizen (An Illustrated Weekly) in Vergennes, Vermont. In 1992 it was turned into a radio broadcast for WITR in Rochester, NY, with music by The Media Assassins, and narration by  the author. Now the work is re-presented as slideshow, featuring the newspaper drawings by Lawrence Lazarus.

The Police Get a Real



September 29, 2012

What takes thirty-three years? “City Limits” script and paintings from the collaborative book REALITY, NYC, 1978. Music and voice from Stage Poetry Co live performance, Rochester, NY, 1992. Final slideshow put together 2012.

The Construction of the Light

July 17, 2012

Ten Minutes on Churches

May 18, 2012

Small talk proves impossible at a backyard party, when the subject turns to churches. Talkative guest can’t escape certain hard-driving dilemmas. Music by Arpad Sekeres. Script and photos by Ted Williams.

Speech for the Cardboard Figure

May 7, 2012

Foundational video for Stage Poetry Co, the original Media Assassins: James Locigno, Brian Shuptar, Tony Cavagnaro, and Pete Mugnolo perform “Paradise Country” (by Swedish musician Johan Garde), then play solos between stanzas, as the Cardboard Figure of Ted Williams recites his credo.

Speech for the Cardboard Figure .mov

A rock n’ roll band’s concerted efforts bring to life the cardboard figure of a poet, who then takes to the stage as their leader of a poetry band.


April 26, 2012
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A doctrinaire slide show lecture from 1990 turns out to be prophetic by 2012. The original ektachrome slides of the foreboding landscape of the Rochester NY of those former days now seem quaint, despite the narratives warning knell, the avant-garde music’s spooky chill.

Music by Charles S. Russell. Narration and photos by Ted Williams

Basic Mythology

April 10, 2012
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Ancient history steps forth in new dress, via children’s drawings, news photos in a mythic small town, and 1950’s advertisements from Life Magazine. Poem by Ted Williams, soundtrack by Plastikman.


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