Soprano, Flute, Oboe (or Clarinet), Violin, Cello & Piano | 20'
The Gleam sets a poem by contemporary poet Robin Myers of the same name. Myers's poem encapsulates what it means to be alive now, from the vulgarity of what we may encounter every day—
"We shove our men into a ring
and they shove each other until they bleed and swell.
We boil lobsters alive [...]
We strike pedestrians, who die instantly.
We die instantly."
—to the beauty that also threads our daily lives:
"...Yet it’s also true
that we pull softened butter across a slice of bread
with a softened knife.
We entrust our bones to bus drivers,
the napes of our necks to hair-cutters,
the lobes of our ears to the cloudy mouths
of lovers who may love us or not love us
but touch us as if they could..."
—and finally to a reconciliation of the two.
This piece was commissioned by CHAI Collaborative Ensemble and premiered with soprano Gillian Hollis in Chicago, IL in May 2018. The Gleam is available for soprano & chamber ensemble or for soprano & piano.
Read the full text for The Gleam here.