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Image-Text-Music, 9.20.14: Japanese Woodprint, Wallace Stevens, Kate Bush

Nightingale

Woodblock print by Ryūryūkyo Shinsai (ca. 1799 – 1823, Edo Period), “New Moon: Nightingale on a Plum Branch

“Autumn Refrain,” Wallace Stevens

The skreak and skritter of evening gone
And grackles gone and sorrows of the sun,
The sorrows of sun, too, gone . . . the moon and moon,
The yellow moon of words about the nightingale
In measureless measures, not a bird for me
But the name of a bird and the name of a nameless air
I have never — shall never hear.  And yet beneath
The stillness of everything gone, and being still,
Being and sitting still, something resides,
Some skreaking and skrittering residuum,
And grates these evasions of the nightingale
Though I have never — shall never hear that bird.
And the stillness is in the key, all of it is,
The stillness is all in the key of that desolate sound.

***

Kate Bush, “Prelude and Prologue” (part of An Endless Sky of Honey)

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