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I, Boxer

Rising. Rising. The sky is a sieve above this hill
Morning star is rising.  I cannot hold it still

I am a passenger on the loneliest highway ever paved
I am the hardest look Christ ever gave.

I don’t see it but I feel it, I feel it all around,
That force out in the dark, I only know it by its mark

The canvas is a Kansas field, its rich and its deep and its wide
Things that I don’t know I need it is waiting to provide

He turns away, drops his robe. Virgin Mary tattooed on his back
I am chosen, he readies his attack


I can hold on, but I can’t hold together what wants to fall apart
Hesperus is rising, rising

The richest peat upon this earth, I shall be a dark and heavy cloth
I’ll put my fist upon his lips, upon his lips of moss

They file into my heart, the decimating angels
They shoulder out the dark and leave light in its stead

I know, know that love is gathering, love is gathering near
I know it by its mark. I will know it by its mark


from the art of swimming, released June 20, 2017



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leo crandall Syracuse, New York

I am a singer/songwriter/composer. I play the requinto, cello and guitar. I have toured Africa sponsored by the State Dept., nominated for Australia’s Bluestar Award, charted #14 nationally in Roots and Blues, received a Meet the Composer Grant. I have composed film scores, dance scores, theater music and ambient sound for installations. My music has been heard all over the world. ... more

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