ravens & radishes: l'oiseau de feu

from by George Heathco & Misha Penton

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The Firebird, encountered on a wooded trail, flies free...

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his hooves run clap ring
sprint clop zing over Sky’s grasses
his breath is chervil and dandelion, fennel, and hyssop
birches and bamboo, tall tangled twisted:
a tempt – a blur – we dash
my quiver arrows speak sharp and true across my bow
star trails smear and slash:
whips across emblazoned firmament
glisten, flash! splash!
he rears and the muddied road reaches up
shhh! wait!
I hear the swoop and swoosh, whirl and whoosh
the dive of the Firebird alights upon the path
feldspar eyes, plasma plumage
as quickly as she graced us, she is gone:
in a whisper and a rustle she gifts a single tail feather:
I resist the glint of its lightning barbs
the steely cut of its vane
the melisma of its lava quill
I will not possess her
— Misha Penton

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from george heathco: ravens & radishes, released April 27, 2014
George Heathco, music
Misha Penton, lyrics and concept

Misha Penton, soprano
George Heathco, electric guitar
Daniel Saenz, cello

Produced by Misha Penton and George Heathco
Recording engineered by Todd Hulslander and George Heathco
Mastered by Paul Connolly of brightbluebeetle

Recorded at The Geary Performance Studio Houston Public Radio
Design and Photo by Misha Penton

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Misha Penton Houston, Texas

Misha Penton is a contemporary opera singer, composer, director, and filmmaker based in Houston, Texas. Her projects blossom in many forms: live performance, audio projects, video works, site specific / installation performances, visual art works, and writings. ... more

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