Some of Lowell’s poetry was written for or about the actress Ada Dwyer Russell, with whom Lowell shared a “Boston marriage” (a 19th-century euphemism for a lesbian relationship) for more than a decade.
I have chosen three of Lowell’s love poems – Absence, Vintage and The Giver of Stars – for this set of choral songs. All three are concise and emotionally intense; vivid yet elegant in their imagery.
And I am pleased to present this “virtual video,” created (in this time of Covid-19 lockdown) by members of Seattle’s Byrd Ensemble.
© Colin Eatock 2020