Lost In A Strange Town At Night

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku251 – I have lost my way.

  I have lost my way
  In a strange town at night, –
  A sky of old cold stars.

This is a haiku by Richard Wright, one of the most celebrated African-American novelists of the twentieth century. He discovered haiku during the last eighteen months of his life (he died of heart attack in 1960, aged 52). In such a short time he wrote 4000 poems, and his posthumous book “Haiku: This Other World” is a collection with 817 of his own favorite haiku.

This haiku reminded me of Daniel Boone’s quote, “I’ve never been lost, but I was mighty turned around for three days once.” (I am descended from his sister.) Losing one’s way is not the same thing as being lost, it can be a means of starting from the beginning and making new choices.

Lost In A Strange Town At Night was written for Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Lost In A Strange Town At Night
Lost In A Strange Town At Night – Score

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