Academic journal article Current Musicology

Breathtails: A Song Cycle in 13 Breaths Written for Anne Lebaron

Academic journal article Current Musicology

Breathtails: A Song Cycle in 13 Breaths Written for Anne Lebaron

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   1     My breath    had already settled    on the windows    of eternity    I go on but    only in flits    and stops    to hear myself    unsettling    as I    settled in    as I go on    pressed against    the windowpane    when even    as I stop    the pane presses    against me.     2     The world passed    or I passed it    as I live and breathe    no one saw it    coming    no one coming saw it    as I breathed I lived    the world passes by    or I passed it by    the world I passed by    passed by me     3     Breath is the door    from life to death    on the border of    hearing I hear not hearing    on the border of    death and life    hear not hearing     4     In breathless anticipation    I catch my breath    then fall under    the spell of    respiratory arrest    trial by    rhythmic disturbance    I lose my breath    in anticipation of    spell of    arrest, trial by    disturbance    catch my breathless    anticipation    under    arrest     5     I am breathing in long    (he trains himself)    or breathing out long    (she discerns)    or breathing in short    (she trains herself)    or breathing out short    (he discerns)    I will breathe inconstantly    (he demurs)    mindless of time and space    (she protests)    I will breathe in without hope    (mindlessly)    I will breathe out in despair    (mindfully)    I will breathe out in despair    (mindfully)    I will breathe in without hope    (mindlessly)    mindless of time and space    (she protests)    I will breathe inconstantly    (he demurs)    or breathing out short    (he discerns)    or breathing in short    (she trains herself)    or breathing out long    (she discerns)    I am breathing in long    (he trains himself)     6     strident, berserk, & artless    putting aside need & care    (with reference to the work)    artless, berserk, and strident    neither here nor there    (with reference to the work)    ardent, alert, and mindful    putting aside grief and tare    (with reference to the work)     7     breath    settled    on    eternity    but    only    stops    only    to    unsettling    as    as    in    pressed    the    the    when    as    the    the     8     eth    ettle    on    etern    ut    nly    ops    o    tling    as    sss    ess    whe    as    th    th    as    whe    ess    sss    as     9     tling    o    ops    nly    tu    etern    ut    gnilt    ettle    eth    hte    ettle    etern    eltte    ut    nly    tu    ops    o    tling    spo     10     shivering in August    shouting at the rain    sleepy at noon    pummeled, frayed     no fences to guide me    neither to the nays    sense don't hide me    flushed in haze     hopes at half mast    fear rumples waves    catch a glimpse of heather    cut it out before it blows away     11     1 is the ameliorative co-opt    2 is get even fast    3 is the liberal's nostalgia    4 is sufficient unto the day but on sale every night    5 or more has 20 percent service added automatically    6 is the smallest perfect number    7 is the loneliest number & cries itself to sleep each night    8 fibs even when sincerity is easier    9's the end of the line    10's too cool to be cool    11 runs like rivers under the night    12 is all over before it started    13 is beloved of all incongruous saints    14 is for flat tax    15 likes compote with apricots    16 is sweetly silent on 17    17 won't say    18's twice the sum of its digits. … 
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