Starving Poetry

violin + marimba [9’] 1994.

Premiere: Marimolin, Princeton, April 14, 1994.

Program note:

The melody in Starving Poetry comes from a Russian folksong taught to two Chinese poets as children during the Cultural Revolution.
‘In the middle of a snow storm. Going far. In the middle of nowhere. Lovers must separate. The snow is covering their footsteps…’
Starving Poetry is written in memory of Gu Cheng and Xie Ye.