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And the Ocean Smells Like Lilacs in Late August...


Baritone Benjamin Lindley Piano Edward Caine


Recorded and Mastered by: Matthew Brennan Thorns


Poems by Franz Wright



Dedicated to Franz Wright 
and to the other addicts in or out of recovery
before him
and after him.






































Words written by and used by kind permission of Franz Wright and publishers at Alfred A. Knopf and Oberlin College Press.

'Drinking Back', 'Beginning of November' & Initial
Wright, Franz. 'Ill Lit: Selected & New Poems'. Oberlin: Oberlin College Press, 1998.

'Empty Cathedral' & 'Not Now'
Wright, Franz. 'The Before Life'/ New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004

'Walking to Martha's Vineyard'
Wright, Franz. 'Walking to Martha's Vineyard'. Alfred A. Knopf, 2004



Below is a recording of the first song in the cycle, Drinking Back, at the Spring Festival of New Music 2014 by Jake Muffet and Polly Sharpe. 

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