composing for voice & breath

by on Jul 15, 2016

for Ilario

compose me a symphony
using only your voice : let
it boom & bassoon, cello
a treble & be thin like a

speak of love & sin, of
giving up & giving in, of
how low a solo can go &
when to begin an opus’

across staves rave about
your day, how it ends too
soon &, mesmerised, i’ll
listen to your tune & even


Scott-Patrick Mitchell is an Australian poet whose latest collection, inner pity poems (2016), is available now through Department of Poetry. For more information please visit