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Published October 7, 2017
"Cantus Arcticus" by Anthony Watts - First Place - Wax Poetry and Art
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Cantus Arcticus
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Cantus Arcticus

by Anthony Watts
(Taunton, Somerset, UK)
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Cantus Arcticus

by Anthony Watts

Inspired by the first movement of Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds
and Orchestra by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

First there was Sky, an unstaved manuscript
Suspended in silence

Then came Bird, a joyful scribbler on the blue, an acrobat
Amazed at its own arpeggios

Then more birds, swooping in from the margins
Each one eager to showcase its skills
To release its special song

Below them – the silent anaesthetised nub of the world
A hall of broken mirrors, giving back nothing
but fierce light

And everywhere the murderous wind, speed-skating, knives in its teeth

But the feathered sky sang on
Until it hatched
A song of yearning from the thawed egg of the world

And the song climbed the bridge of itself on stacked chords
A dark rainbow of cellos and basses

And a shackled god

Stirred in his chains


Biography
Anthony Watts: I’ve been writing ‘seriously’ for over 40 years and have had
poems published in magazines and anthologies in addition to four published
collections:
Strange Gold (KQBX Press, 1991), The Talking Horses of
Dreams
(Iron Press, 1999), Steart Point (John Garland, 2009) and The
Shell Gatherer
(Oversteps, 2011). I’ve won prizes in poetry competitions
and my poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Somerset Sound.
I’ve lived in rural Somerset, England, for most of my life and I have no plans
to leave.  My main interests in life are poetry, music, binge thinking, and
messing about outdoors.


Cantus Arcticus: A Concerto for Birds by Einojuhani Rautavaara














Einojuhani Rautavaara passed away July 27, 2016. (Wikipedia page).

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