Please listen to the incandescent Sarah McSweeney, singer extraordinaire, perform one of my poems from Grendel’s Mother. Rendering a female slave’s poignant wishes as a musical piece, piercing the night with her clear, lucid voice, Sarah invited us into a space of magic and somber eloquence. Now you can hear her sing.
Sarah had the entire audience mesmerized, with tears in their eyes at the book launch for Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife. Here is the poem as it appears in the book.
when the moon
still shines on the white-peaked waves.
Sometimes I think that instead of
stoking the fire,
boiling the clothes,
killing the lamb,
tending their every want,
and suffering every shame,
I’ll walk into that water
until I reach my home
across the seas.
Sarah writes about this performance in her beautiful blog post you can read here. Look at the October 25, 2015 post.
Sarah’s emotion was so genuine, people were utterly moved. The song galvanized the audience. Truly–Sarah has an amazing gift and it’s wonderful she shares it with the world.
Thank you, Sarah, for an unforgettable evening!! I hope we can collaborate in the future!
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