"Conversation" sets a poem of Elizabeth Bishop, composed by Rorem in Paris in 1957 and published in 1969. The song is dedicated to James Roland Holmes.

Date: 1957Composer: Ned RoremText: Elizabeth Bishop

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by Elizabeth Bishop

The tumult in the heart
keeps asking questions.
And then it stops and undertakes to answer
in the same tone of voice.
No one could tell the difference.

Uninnocent, these conversations start,
and then engage the senses,
only half-meaning to.
And then there is no choice,
and then there is no sense;

until a name
and all its connotation are the same.


The Complete Poems 1927-1979

By Elizabeth Bishop

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50 Collected Songs (high and low voice)

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

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