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Trouble in a Minnesota Town

"Summer Beach" by Danussa.
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A town's wild descent into madness — and mangos!
Poet/Lyricist: 
Neal Bowers

Habanera, tango and operatic melodrama meet in this delirious narrative, in which a town's descent into madness involves public demonstrations, Latin dance, and fruit.

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Trouble In a Minnesota Town

Poem by Neal Bowers

The sign in the grocery window says,
NO MANGOES,
and everyone who passes
is seized with a tropical longing:
the sun sets hot orange;
a dense perfume
loiters along the street;
on the tongue is the memory
of something softer than spun honey.

Before daylight, the whole town
is mad for the flavor of mangoes.
A spicy sweetness, almost a cross
between cloves and ginger,
lodges in the brain like a stuck tune.
By noon the record shop
has sold out of calypso albums;
reggae and salsa are going fast.
In the square, someone is showing how
to dance the mambo, the rumba,
pleading for a partner to tango,
por favor, por favor.

When the sign goes up announcing
a sale on papayas, guavas, bananas, avocados,
it is already too late.
The people have begun to paint
their slogan on the walls--
MANGOES O MUERTE--
and the mayor has received
a list of demands:
Mangoes.
Mangoes.
Mangoes.
Mangoes.

Performers: 

Arthur Krieck and Jonathan Sherry ~ Charles Ives Center for American Music (New Milford, CT)   * PremiereBradley Greenwald
David Gagnon and Elizabeth Alexander ~ Wisconsin Alliance of Composers, University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
Arthur Krieck and Elizabeth Alexander ~ Adirondack Festival of American Music (Saranac Lake, NY)
Arthur Krieck and Jonathan Sherry ~ Saint Peter's Cathedral (New York City, NY)
Bradley Greenwald and Elizabeth Alexander ~ Studio Z (Saint Paul, MN)
Eric Howe and Herb Bielawa ~ Sounds New Concert (Kensington, CA)

 

 

 

 

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