Canadian composer Mari Alice Conrad’s latest piece, The Peculiar Dances of Shifting Minds, inspired in part by this poem of mine which honours my late mother. Also on the program, new works by composers Athena Loredo and Alice Ping Yee Ho; all performed by Vancouver’s Allegra Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of Janna Sailor. Congratulations to all the composers and musicians.
Nocturne: Tiny Now She is tiny now, my mother and jokes in the morning, when her teeth aren’t in, how she whistles like a little bird. And i want to reach back to the nights when she brought the piglets in laid them in the woodstove oven so tiny, but she believed in them and in that warm cradle, the spark of life rekindled in them. How do i cradle her? now she is so tiny, softly drawing nearer to the Western Door. This poem won’t do it. This poem is for me a piglet grown, with my astonished snout of discovery, how the power that built a world for me still reveals itself, blue slight, soft, tiny.
This poem was originally posted here in 30/30 2017, and also appears in my 2018 book, For the Changing Moon: Poems & Songs (Thistledown Press).
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Dear Anna Marie, congratulations on this incredible collaboration. It is fitting that such a timeless poem has inspired such a timeless piece of music. I listened to the whole piece and thought it was beautiful.
Thanks, Elaine. Working with Mari Alice has been great – later this summer, BaBel Choir of Toronto will premiere ‘Journey Song,’ my poetry set for SATB by Mari Alice.
So exciting. Congratulations. We should have a “watch” party if there is a video.
Fun idea, Elaine! I’d be up for that – but it’s short, so maybe we can put together a list of videos by a few of us, and make it a real shindig!