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Hearing your words



DURATION
2’35”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) a cappella

AUDIO
Ensemble of the North; Patrick McDonough, conductor

POET
Edna St. Vincent Millay

YEAR COMPOSED
2005

COMMISSIONER
Ensemble of the North

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Sonnets of the Fatal Interview

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TEXT
Hearing your words, and not a word among them
Tuned to my liking, on a salty day
When inland woods were pushed by winds that flung them
Hissing to leeward like a ton of spray,
I thought how off Matinicus the tide
Came pounding in, came running though the Gut,
While from the Rock the warning whistle cried,
And children whimpered and the doors blew shut;
There in the autumn when the men go forth,
With slapping skirts the island women stand
In gardens stripped and scattered, peering north,
With dahlia tubers dripping from the hand:
The wind of their endurance, driving south,
Flattened your words against your speaking mouth.