This poem by Seamus Heaney deals with a series of analogies between the creation of ceramic art and the bombing of the Netherlands (in World War II, we assume). It is an appreciation of a fellow artist’s work (it is dedicated to Sonja Landweer, the renowned Dutch artist) that creates strong imagery through Heaney’s own palpable sculpting of the English language. The cello flits between free repetitions of ‘boxes’ of material and fully metered sections, and the potter’s wheel can be heard in some of its circular repeating sections as well as several of the soprano’s modal lines.
Performed on the 28th April 2012.
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