all this music

by sophie


i met some very lovely people at the atlantic center for the arts. one of them is an artist from the uk named jo ball. the boxes above are hers. she made an amazing installation that i couldn’t take a proper picture of, but it was a very engaging thing, a sort of …string chimes…i don’t know, i hesitate to describe it. a film score composer and songwriter named cassis took my poem beginners (room 205) and started making a song inspired by it, called “end at all” (cassis &  the lovely erik deluca came up with the music together)  we’re still working on it via email. make sure you watch her reel – it’s the first time i ever really thought about how difficult and deliberate the writing of film scores is.

my time working with gregory orr at aca was completely, truly, restorative. it was exactly what i needed. here’s a short poem from greg’s book, Concerning the Book That Is the Body Of the Beloved: 

                                              To be alive: not just the carcass
But the spark.
That’s crudely put, but…
If we’re not supposed to dance,
Why all this music?

back in texas now very briefly.  so happy to see the cat, to see my dear poetfriend caitlin plunkett, to be in my little apartment. tomorrow a little ice house evening to say hello & goodbye to more poet friends, then onwards….