|Published October 7, 2017
|"Cantus Arcticus" by Anthony Watts - First Place - Wax Poetry and Art
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First Place: Poetry Contest #13
by Anthony Watts
(Taunton, Somerset, UK)
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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
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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