Poem: Instructions to the Player

Instructions to the Player by Carl Rakosi.

From the collection Mixed Voices ed. Emilie Buchwald and Ruth Roston.

Fun little poem with soulful advice for any performer, not just cellists.

            easy on that bow.
Not too much weeping

Remember that the soul
                is easily agitated
and has a terror of shapelessness.
It will venture out
                but only to a doe's eye.

Let the sound out
                inner mysterioso
but from a distance
                like the forest at night.

And do not forget
                the pause between.
That is the sweetest
and has the nature of infinity.

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