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Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) 2019 - Composers Forum I

by The Walden School

Summer Songs by Alicia Ostriker I. Psalm I am not lyric any more I will not play the harp for your pleasure I will not make a joyful noise to you, neither will I lament for I know you drink lamentation, too, like wine so I dully repeat you hurt me I hate you I pull my eyes away from the hills I will not kill for you I will never love you again unless you ask me II. FISHERMAN Imagine a fisherman in summer deep Enough to have drowned all other seasons— His river flows between banks of ash and hickory, Blackberries ripen, cobwebs form in the shrubs, Blue jays grow drowsy. Living in his dream, Having escaped his relatives, a fisherman— All above water is gauze, hotly in touch, A late Monet, a Bach Chorale, a woman peeling oranges— Only the cold trout must elude the dream. Below his boat in the brown flood, pure muscle They glide along as if he does not exist, Like courteous phrases in a dead language. Their glassy eyes look past each other hopeless. It is as the fisherman wishes. He casts His line again and again in the heavy heat. III. Laǐs to Aphrodite They call you the laughing one Aphrodite, honey woman I suppose because you laugh when our hearts crack like red eggs and we want to die but you keep us on our knees, hoping, trying— well I am hurt and angry, you are aware I have adored you all my life sometimes lounging in fur and kohl sometimes as a beggarly hag for I recognized you in that poor disguise and when the clock threw her arms in the air and I threw my legs around the moon you climbed inside me like the surge of a wave I could ride, I could sail, and anyone I kissed I was kissing you—whom I fear I will never see again, never kiss again


Composers Forum I

George Lewis, moderator
Caroline Mallonee, co-moderator

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall
Dublin School, Dublin, New Hampshire

This composers forum was dedicated to the Rita Mitra


released October 8, 2019


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The Walden School Dublin, New Hampshire

Founded in 1972, the Walden School is an acclaimed summer music school and festival, offering programs that emphasize creativity through musicianship, improvisation, and composition. Our programs include the Young Musicians Program (9-18) and the Creative Musicians Retreat (18+). Set in beautiful New Hampshire, Walden provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. ... more

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