Illustration of a giant tree colored in shades of blue, pink, and vibrant purple.
KC VITAs Presents
a world premiere performance

feeld songs

Music by Michael Genese - Text by Jos Charles
May 30, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church, Liberty, MO 2:30 p.m.
Online Broadcast June 13, 2021 3:00 p.m.
Jackson C. Thomas, Artistic Director
Tabitha Reist Steiner, harp

Isolation Meditation

LV Wood (b. 1982)

feeld songs

world premiere

Michael Genese (b. 1994)

I. its ther / inn the feeld

its ther / inn the feeld
its ther / inn
Shining slopes, the crisp breeze.
the feeld / the waye 2 inclose
& disclose a treee / more than a sirfase
bent / thees grenes / i dont kno
wuts up / with the grls pickyng off its
leeves / wite hote & broke
harted / they r so genral / inn
a present sort off clamer / room
enuff at least for clamer /
they wade
inn the whar / they
bring the boyes home

II. fete upended (Poem XXV)

incist on disernyng /
how 2 clime a treee / 2 see
wut / how a boye grips the tip /
visits gode / or recoyles
2 a feeld / fete upended / unshod
inn his mirk / he gets the donkeye /
the leefie waste / but wut
is it abot a tran / rumaged
inn the leef / such pirchesse / she is not
the greene
but its pirchesse / a det
without credit / her whorld
is the end off her rate / grls
lke us / such lite
/ dont get boye frends

III. & if the earth is flat (Poem XX)

& if the earth is flat / how manie
folder inn its deep / & if the folde
is deep / how the reserve 2 its pockette
/ & if the pockette
is a boye / & indeede the pockette
is allways a boy / who sirfases
pitt from plum / the poyse
off a treee / a whord from its thynge
/ if not u / mye cist / mye preshus crook
/& if the hors knew
the feeld from its bit /
wut is or isnt a book

IV. lik daye lite on hils (Poem XLI)

up the powre
line / hung
bye the needel inn my tree / wut
have u done with mye needel
they speech / it
was the goldennest
inn all ur filletted out
spleen / & wut cums
out / so poor inn me /
stop caling me he /
spils lik lite /
pleese / lik daye lite on hils /
a loss / being seen

V. deepre eech yere (Poem XVII)

mye thynges / from
a street flore / an empty
bag at nite i bend /
deepre eech yere / ur wate on
mye bak / wet
on my mussle / a figure
apeerynge / inn the distanse

VI. befor the (Poem XIX)

befor the hemorage / the folde / befor the folde / the
wharing / befor the wharing / the hiv / befor the hiv /
the boye / befor the boye / the scrypt / off the mothe
the grothe the 1 abot fat / befor the scrypt / off the
mothe the grothe the 1 abot fat / the byrn / befor the
byrn / the breasthes glome / befor the breasthes
glome / the wite pryeng off the lindene / befor the
wite pryes / the wite / befor the white / the manie
brayks inn the white / but who wil hart the
lindene / my preshus harted & wisterlie lindene

VI. befor the (Poem XIX)

i care so
much abot the whord i cant
reed / it marks mye bak
wen i pass / with
a riben in mye hare / undre the principld
skye / ther is no
vulnerabilitie / onlie wut
protrudes / & thees lyons
leckynge mye woond / expectynge
2 finde / a woond / ther is historie
inn this / wood

VIII. windoe / that is the whorld (Poem LIV.)

wen the grls handeld mye
spor / they lookd back un
2 themself / thru the bath
room windoe / that is
the whorld / ther wited
swalows unexistant inn a heep / o
u who unforl me / how manie
holes wuld blede / befor
u believ / imma grl

IX. mothe inn the guarden (Poem LVII)

tonite i wuld luv to rite the mothe inn the guarden / 2
greev it / & as a mater off forme / did u kno
not a monthe goes bye / a tran i kno doesnt dye /
shye off 27 / its such a plesure to be alive /
inn this trembeled soot / u lent / shock is a
struktured responce / a whord lost inn the mouthe
off keepers / & u thum at the mothe / a dozen bes /
i tetherred thees nites / i gathred so manie treees

X. Medalyons (Poem LVI)

speeching off treees
from the insied / u can growe
deer 2 one / onlie from the insied / i took pryde

inn wut was droped /
wen nothynge was inn
site / mye pryde
was inn ur leeves / wher
medalyons culd be


Kellyn Button
Lucy Conklin
Melissa Faltermeier
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Christina Dominguez-Francul
Kirsten Hyde
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Josh Donaldson
Preston Hereford
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