The Core (2014)
Text by Ronald Johnson
Total duration ca. 2'15"
Single movement work
Premiered in June 2015
in Baltimore, MD
by Joshua Glassman and the Mt. Vernon Consort
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This short poem by Johnson addresses, in mystical tones, the desire for clarity, transparency, equivalency between perception and reality, so that words themselves have a physical quality of realness “you can put your foot through.” The Core, in aching brevity speaks to our search for truth, with the past tense “wanted” suggesting that this poem comes at the end of a long search, still not fully completed.
"The Core," by Ronald Johnson, from Poetry magazine, June 1972, used by permission of the Literary Estate of Ronald Johnson.