“Edie Hill’s cycle The Giver of Stars: Six Poems of Amy Lowell opens the collection, leading off with “Pyrotechnics,” … The song begins with a loud, attention-grabbing cluster in the bass register of piano, followed by a rapid glissando upward. The rest … is delicate and impressionistic. “Vernal Equinox” has a restless, harmonically elusive accompaniment that reflects the poet’s uneasiness on a rainy, hyacinth-scented night… The cycle’s title song has a soaring second stanza (“Let the flickering flame of your soul play all about me”), in which Koriath’s sound pulses opulently with longing.”

-for The Giver of Stars as it appears on “These Distances Between Us”

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