This July, I attended the European American Musical Alliance Summer Institute. During the program, my setting of Ross Gay's poem Thank You was read by vocal ensemble Variant 6.
Follow the score here: https://issuu.com/daisyyy0809/docs/ai_daixuan_thank_you_for_voice_quartet_
BY ROSS GAY
If you find yourself half naked
and barefoot in the frosty grass, hearing,
again, the earth's great, sonorous moan that says
you are the air of the now and gone, that says
all you love will turn to dust,
and will meet you there, do not
raise your fist. Do not raise
your small voice against it. And do not
take cover. Instead, curl your toes
into the grass, watch the cloud
ascending from your lips. Walk
through the garden's dormant splendor.
Say only, thank you.