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Misty Ocean

Bird in the Breath and other Hopeful Cargo

audio poem

LISTEN: Bird in the Breath
00:00 / 04:26

A list poem in the form of a ship's manifest.


This audio collaboration with writer Jennifer Metsker re-imagines the rich ephemera in the work of Emily Dickinson—the feathers, the gown, the shadows— packed up and shipped across time and space, in an echoing cargo-hold that carries a tempered hope.


Commissioned by BBC Radio 4's Short Cuts with Josie Long for their episode "Hope Dies Last."

Cello improvisations: Dave Haughey

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