Poetry

Salute to Baroque, Llewellyn Hall, ANU

Black clad figures take up viola and violins tanned and slick with shellac, tuck curves under chins and bow flat bellies. The lutenist plucks strings pulled taut from stalk to tail along the pale cut surface of a theorbo pear. Musicians sway in sound waves at one with their reeds. Breath escapes beneath fingers so swift they blur the stave. The cellist draws his lady back to rest between splayed legs, teases her neck and makes music, all the while two-timing with the woman at the harpsichord who beats a floorboard tattoo. The audience stills in the silence, stirs from…

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