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    Month of Moderns 2: Voyages

    The Crossing

    8855 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
    • Sunday June 17th 2018, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
    Benjamin C.S. Boyle’s Voyages (world premiere)
    Robert Convery’s Voyages

    We explore two stylistically diverse settings of one of the great poem cycles of the 20th century – Hart Crane’s masterpiece, Voyages. Robert Convery’s elegiac 1996 work is a poignant, mesmerizing artistic achievement. And, writing his fourth work for The Crossing, Benjamin C.S. Boyle probes the textures of strings and voices while pondering these haunting words. Voyages is a whirlwind of language and metaphor – a journey through love, founded in pure desire, concluding in isolation.

    O brilliant kids, frisk with your dog,
    Fondle your shells and sticks, bleached
    By time and the elements; but there is a line
    You must not cross nor ever trust beyond it
    Spry cordage of your bodies to caresses
    Too lichen-faithful from too wide a breast.
    The bottom of the sea is cruel.
    $25 - $35
    Kevin Vondrak

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