Peace River, 99th Street, 16 December 2011 (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Shostakovich, Poetry, and the Borodin Quartet – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden III:II:7

My poem with images on the fifteen string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich has now appeared in the final issue, the 167th, of Toronto’s Descant, an issue likely to become a collector’s item. There may be a few left on bookstore shelves. The poem, titled “Shostakovich in Peace River,” concludes “The Underside of Time,” which is…

Shostakovich and son Maxim (Courtesy: www.shostakovichquartets.com)

The Displaced Anxiety of Discontent – Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet 1

The Moscow Show Trial of the Twenty-One occurred in March, 1938. It was one of the culminating events of Stalin’s Great Purge of 1936 through 1938. All of the defendants were prominent, and were accused as Trotskyites guilty of murder, assassination, and treason. Particularly prominent amongst them was Nikolai Bukharin, former ally of Lenin and Stalin…

Lees Trail, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada. 8 November 2015. (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Autumn Light, Stanley Park (IX)

. … shields of the partisans shattered In mountain passes and great ravines Where our embrace cannot withstand, And the sea, with all the tears it takes in, Cannot wash away, our molten evidence. — From “This Side of the Infinite,” Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden . Annotation, borrowed from Antonio Vivaldi, concerto for two…