The Stranger's Song

from by Eliot Cardinaux

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD comes packaged in a beautiful digipack designed by Espen Friberg, with photography by Michelle Arcila Opsvik. Includes one track not available through download.

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  • A beautifully crafted poetry chapbook designed by the author, with photography by Monica Frisell, including the lyrics from the album and more.
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The hum of summer,
arched brow of the transparent bridge,
half-finished to heaven;
I learn again
what I know of knowledge,
leaning against the mystery.

I find it open,
this door to the desert
from the myths.
It’s not the water
smoking in the east;
the sun is not a thing like this,
an idea that drinks itself
from the borders.

Calm like a Moorish song,
I watch an old dance.
The flowers growing up,
the sky with clouds flowing
at a faster pace than me.

This bridge is my road –
two musics, of land and of sky,
mount a horse that left me
on my way from the forest.

The bridge is where a stranger
once stumbled upon himself
in the music of the stranger
and learned again
what he knew of knowledge
on which a mystery now leans.


from American Thicket, released July 8, 2016



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Eliot Cardinaux Boston, Massachusetts

Pianist, composer, poet, improviser Eliot Cardinaux has worked in the free-music and avant-garde world for over 10 years. His piano sound is characterized by a light-handed touch and tone, as is his poetry similarly subtle. His love and study of many musics as well as poetries, but specifically those which innovate, has helped him grow both lyrically and imagistically in his writing and his music. ... more

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