Thank you - Reading by Variant 6; Poem by Ross Gay

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.  

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Text:

Thank You 

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. 

Thank you.

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