from Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude - 3 Poems by Ross Gay (2021)

3/23/2021, Auer Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington IN
Andrew Forsythe, bass voice
Daixuan Ai, piano

Text:

ode to the flute
by Ross Gay

A man sings
by opening his
mouth a man
sings by opening
his lungs by
turning himself into air
a flute can
be made of a man
nothing is explained
a flute lays
on its side
and prays a wind
might enter it
and make of it
at least
a small final song