"Emperor Concerto," II

Episode 5 · June 14th, 2022 · 37 mins 52 secs

About this Episode

In this episode, I read my poem, “Emperor Concerto, II” and I’m joined by Ric de Azevedo as we discuss the power of music.


The strings prepare me
Like a good opening act,
For the moment the piano comes in
Like a ballerina on point
Delicately entering the stage.
I’m speechless every time.
In awe (reverent almost)
As my body absorbs the sound waves
Harnessed two centuries ago by a deaf man
Who arranged them into beauty
Then converted them to ink and
Stained them on paper.
And now I sit, transfixed,
As a modern-day acoustic alchemist
Transmutes the ink back into waves
And floods me with euphoria.

[Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, OP. 73 "Emperor," II. Adagio un poco moto (mosso)]

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