Music for a Common World
“Sheet Music for a Common World” — Nine translucent diptychs make a “book.” The hand-pulled sheets of paper are more resilient than they appear to the eye.
The book explores what we hold in common across cultural divides, among these: oak, a robin’s nest, sweet water trout, and salty sea, music as the work of culture.
I wrote this poem for my book:
linden, oak, a robin’s nest,
bowls, ladles, jug
a song, a bell
One of the marvelous things about an art practice is the discovering of connection. Connections in nature. And connections in culture. As I was completing this project, I became aware of Billy Collins’ poem, “As If to Demonstrate an Eclipse.” His poem addresses the same theme from a slightly different angle.
Below are two stanzas from his poem. You can find the poem in his book, “Nine Horses,” published by Random House.
. . . and I begin to sing
so that the grove of orange trees