These recitative portraits are current works in an ongoing collaborative practice in which Maa, a formalist poet, and Burge, a technology-focused visual artist, seek to draw parallels between verbal and visual rituals, and how the destruction of one affects the other. These works experiment with what materializes when two legendarily prestigious and composed practices collide. By pitting the materiality of portraiture and recitation against each other to lay bare the processes of each, these portraits continue our endeavor to activate and toy with the labor of literary-artistic production that traditionally gets obfuscated in the presentation of art. Images are of the first three performances of a hopefully interminable chain of recitative portraits. The first, "Blind Mouths!," uses "Lycidas" as its text. The second, "What Flowers Are at My Feet," incorporates "Ode to a Nightingale." And the third, "The Sounding Cataract," stages a recitation of "Tintern Abbey."