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Fire in the Soul Poetry

fire in the soulFire in the Soul. Here is poetry of vital engagement that goes to the heart of what it means to be human and addresses the rights that are a fundamental measure of our civilization. Direct and diverse, all these poems ask is for you to start reading… or start listening. 

Two upcoming weekend concerts with the Orlando Chamber Choir, directed by James Weeks, feature four poems from the book. Patrick Osborne will read the poetry during the concerts, one in London (17 March) and one in Cambridge (19 March).

The London Tenebrae concert will take place at St Andrew Holborn on Thursday at 19:30, while the Cambridge Tenebrae concert will take place at Queen’s College at 19:30 on Saturday. 

The four poems which will accompany music are:

Adonis: selections from The Desert
Zhiti: Love
Saro-Wiwa: The True Prison
Wu Mei: The Agreement 

Fire in the Soul includes poems by Adonis, Anna Akhmatova, Margaret Atwood, Paul Celan, Nazim Hikmet, Taslima Nasrin, Pablo Neruda, Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Adrienne Rich, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Wisława Szymborska.

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