Presently live-streaming my screen whilst working on the “To a Swallow” poem, extracting from the rough verse variations two themes: the swallow as a symbol of Joy and as a symbol of Freedom.
Presently live-streaming my screen whilst working on the “To a Swallow” poem, extracting from its drafts the most promising variations thus far.
Made during the livestream:
- I want to describe a swallow on the wing as “a symphony on high”, but that is a little grandiose for the subject. It would have worked for a flight—impressive to behold—but that is not the subject of the “To a Swallow” poem.
- I have now four major variations of the first verse, each with line variations of their own. These I shall further explore once the rest of the verses have also been put through this process of clarification.
- There will be four verses in total at this stage of the draft, though three would be more suitable to the theme: freedom in movement.
- The reason for this is that three verses tend to leave one wavering, whereas four typically resolve any tension and neatly conclude—that is to say, bring to a halt—a poem in this style.
- “To a Swallow” is written in four-line stanzas in iambic trimetre, of which the line “a SYM-pho-NY on HIGH” (da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM) is an example.
Presently live-streaming my screen whilst I edit my answer to “How do you work?” in the Artist Questions series.
Presently live-streaming work on the new label website.
Presently live-streaming early work on the “To a Swallow” poem, casting the theme into a coherent sequence of ideas; constructing, in other words, the conceptual framework upon which the poem will be hung.
Presently live-streaming my screen while I work on the “Over the Mountain” poem.
The two-hour livestream of earlier today condensed into less than six minutes.
Presently live-streaming the design of sample layouts for the Lonely Swallow label website redesign. Lonely Swallow is a micro-label I started in 2017. Its inaugural release was Origins, a collection of six contemporary classical impromptus for the piano by Affan, a young composer from London. With the label’s second release on the horizon, the website must now accommodate more than one artist, and I am presently cleaning up rough layouts I created earlier in the week to address this.