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Harpist

The gilt wing rests upon his shoulder.
The strings that are each feather-shaft,
Stripped down to their core
To reveal the sinew
Of each musical note,
Divide the world of his left
From his right.
And in the silence of that split
He brings his two spiders to meet
At the fingertips.
They glance at one another,
They reach out to touch,
But don't, and flirt.
Coquettish, their knees glitter as they dance,
Each against the other's underside.
Each movement and stride
Strikes a consonant or vowel
In the syllables of their dialogue.
Their dance is mutual persuasion,
The sublimation of their conversation,
And they are so in love.

By Frieda Hughes - for David Watkins
Published in her collection of poems; "The Stonepicker and The Book of Mirrors"
Published Harper Perennial ISBN 978-0-06-056452-0

Painter

It's his dance.
He writes the music. He takes
His belly-crawl and adolescent stumble,
His last laugh and his marriages,
His son and his years alive,
And grinds them to powder
For his reds, blues and grays.
With his brush he makes each stroke
Sound on canvas taut as pregnant skin;
A perfect note. He gives
Each begging mute he paints
Its voice, he plucks their harp,
Each shape a rhythmic quote;
His thought-provoking symphonies
In every work of art.

By Frieda Hughes
Published in her collection of poems; "The Stonepicker and The Book of Mirrors"
Published Harper Perennial ISBN 978-0-06-056452-0

Music Written for David Watkins
     
Fantasie en Duo for Flute and Harp   Salvador Bacarisse
Nocturne (Quintet)   Michael Barclay
Passacaglia   Eve Barsham
Dance Movements for Two Harps   Antony Bremner
Piece   Antony Bremner
Three Pieces for Harp   Harry Brown
Beginnings   Geoffrey Burgon
Three Nocturnes   Geoffrey Burgon
Summoned by Mother for Voice and Harp   Peter Dickenson
Suite for Solo Harp   Robert Garratt
Three Songs   Phyllis Harding
Wainamoinen Makes Music for Harp and Choir   Zoltán Kodály
Three Improvisations   William Mathias
Concerto for Harp and Strings   Peter Mieg
Sinfonia Comcertante for Flute, Harp and Strings   Andrzej Panufnik
Nocturne for Harp and Strings   Joseph Phibbs
An English Daybook for Choir and Harp   Elizabeth Poston
Concerto for Harp and Strings   Vladimir Rodzianko
Five Aphorisms   Vladimir Rodzianko
Sonatine   Vladimir Rodzianko
Cançion y Danza N° 1   Antonio Ruiz-Pipó
Endecha para Arpa   Antonio Ruiz-Pipó
Three Flemish Folk Songs   Daniel Sternefeld
     
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