Almanac Poetry: Contemplation upon the Death Mask of Alban Berg


Bust of Alban Berg at Schiefling am See, Carinthia, Austria. [Wikimedia Commons.]


Contemplation upon the Death Mask of Alban Berg (1885-1935)


Alban Berg,
in death, looks
deeply sensitive,
eyes closed as if reflecting
upon his final work,
a concerto for violin
composed for a young lady
who died from polio at age eighteen.
He loved this young woman, Manon,
from the time she was born
as if she were his own daughter.
Hence, unsurprisingly wonderful
the concerto’s dedication:
‘To the memory of an angel.’



(Acknowledgements: first published in Quadrant, September, 2022; then in my fifth poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws…I’m Feeling Too Indolent, Ginninderra Press, 2023.)



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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, will be published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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