Welcome!  

My new book, Tremors, can be ordered now from Four Way Books

Reviews of Tremors can be found here.

Excerpt from a review of Far Past War, a choral work composed by my sister Augusta Read Thomas, to my text, which premiered at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on Sunday, March 13, 2022:

“The most successful world premiere on the program was Augusta Read Thomas’s Far Past War, set to a two-part poem by Cammy Thomas, the composer’s sister. Read Thomas used the forces on hand, a large orchestra and chorus, more effectively, opening with a heraldic fanfare in the brass. The chorus built up vast, yearning clusters of sound, shadowed by the strings and interwoven with brass and bells. Surprising harmonic shifts, often begun by destabilizing notes in the low brass, added an aura of mystery.

"Fox conducted…with admirable care, marshaling his ensemble in the Thomas work to a triumphant climax on the words 'drop far past war.' Soft echos on the words 'take us take us too,' answered by a dulcet violin solo, offered a prayer on behalf of all people.”

By Charles T. Downey, Mar 14, 2022

Washington Classical Review

(Full review is here.)

Some recent and upcoming events:

Sunday, March 13, 2022, 4 pm.

Two of my poems are the text of Far Past War, a new choral work by my sister, composer Augusta Read Thomas, premiered by the Cathedral Choral Society in the Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington DC

Monday, April 4, 2022, 7 pm.

Reading with Regie Gibson

Cary Library Poetry Series

Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Mass. Ave, Lexington MA

HYBRID reading.

Sunday, April 10, 2022, 2 pm.

ZOOM reading with Ilene H. Rudman, with open mic to follow

Brookline Poetry Series sponsored by the Brookline Public Library

Fall, 2022

Performance of musical settings of Emily Dickinson's poems

Annina Hsieh, soprano

Tom Daley will recite poems

I will read from Dickinson's letters

This is a rescheduled event, date TBA

Lexington Community Education

Fall, 2022

Teaching Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

Lexington Community Education

Seven Thursday evenings at 7:30

Begins Sept. 15

https://lexingtoncommunityed.org/ 

(Fall information will be posted at end of summer.)

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Poem of the Month:


Infant Joy

by William Blake

 


I have no name 
I am but two days old.— 
What shall I call thee?
I happy am 
Joy is my name,— 
Sweet joy befall thee!

Pretty joy!
Sweet joy but two days old,
Sweet joy I call thee; 
Thou dost smile. 
I sing the while 
Sweet joy befall thee. 

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