I think of my compositions as luminous, crystalline poems very precise yet ablaze with spontaneous life and human spirit. [Gerard Manley] Hopkins poems are burning off the page they’re so hot, imaginative, creative and full of explosively gorgeous images and words, even (or perhaps especially) when the words are quiet, subtle and slight. Ditto with Emily Dickinson. Every word is like a miniature bomb. Poets’ beautiful utterances, elegantly crafted, in blazing juxtapositions remain vastly inspiring to me and my music for their meanings, sounds and concision.
Augusta Read Thomas