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One Last Scherzo


Margaret Chula
One Last Scherzo
Finishing Line Press, 2021
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Author website: http://www.margaretchula.com
Margaret Chula fell in love with classical music at age ten while listening to an LP of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor over and over again on her mother’s Victrola. She wanted to learn piano, but her family could not afford lessons, so she settled for playing clarinet in the high school band. In 2010, Pat Zagelow, Executive Director of Friends of Chamber Music in Portland, Oregon, invited her to be the organization’s Poet Laureate. For three seasons, Maggie attended concerts by renowned quartets. Sitting in the back row of Lincoln concert hall at PSU, she composed poems while listening to a wide variety of music. One Last Scherzo features a selection of these poems, ranging from “Inundation”, a poem about the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, to “Flight”, nuns escaping Tibet, to the title poem “One Last Scherzo”, a fantastical romp.


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