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This poem is taken from PN Review 113, Volume 23 Number 3, January - February 1997.

Three Poems John Matthias


Messiaen Received by Angels Singing Like the Birds
(for Kym)

Venite … inginocchiatevi CS
Susanna's answered
by a Garden Warbler and a Kakapo.
Figaro! Strings, cymbal, wind machine, les ondes those
bells bells from Assisi.
L'Ange Voyageur steps from Fra Angelico's Annunciation
with his wings unfurled, his feathers
quinticolored red and yellow, blue and green,
and sings: Cantico della creature cantico
glissando Gerygone percussion tuned a new
Noh-Caledonian: What is your name?
Ondeolivier avec offrandes pas oubliées.
And suddenly a dawn sky of Skylarks. Orioles
and Lyrebirds, suddenly antiphony
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