I wrote this series, or long poem, while I was approaching the necessity of a divorce. I was engaged in much soul searching and deep thought, and immersed myself in music and reading that allowed me to explore the challenges nearest to my heart. As part of this I listened over and over to the Dawn Upshaw albums “The Girl with Orange Lips” and “White Moon: Songs to Morpheus.” It is that latter influence which is reflected strongly in this work.
The domestic silkworm moth
sericulture, silk farming, silkworm cultivation
“Let me know some little joy
‘though I suffered long annoy.
Not contented with a thought
of an idle fancy wrought,
more than shadows or a sliding,
let my joys have some abiding.”
John Fletcher. 1579–1625. “Sleep.” In: Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
i dolci sentimenti.”
Claudio Monteverdi. “Arnalta’s Aria.” L’incoronazione di Poppea.
“surge no infinito
a lua docemente,
Enfeitando a tarde
qual meiga donzela.”
Heitor Villa-Lobos. Bachianas Brasileiras #5, Aria (Cantilena).
“Por el cielo va la luna con un niño … “
Federico García Lorca. Romance de la Luna, Luna, Luna.
George Crumb. Night of the Four Moons.