Sunday, October 12, 2008

Accompanist for Florence Foster Jenkins, a Poem by Darren Morris

In the March/April 2007 American Poetry Review, a poem by Darren Morris appeared entitled Accompanist for Florence Foster Jenkins, a meditation on the subjectivity of art.  Here's a short excerpt:
They said you did not know-you knew. And I did too.
It was simply in your rusted pursuit of that elusive sparrow
who calls across the rafters of the meadow;
a sound at once so joyous and alone. Your glory
lay beneath the hearing, in the absence of sound.
You can read the entire poem here.

Below is an audio-only YouTube video of FFJ's, er, unique performace the Queen of the Night's second aria from Mozart's Magic Flute.

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