by Lawrence Hopperton
Valentin never plays piano. It’s just a vehicle he hears through fingers the church echoes. He teaches us to sing like Russian opera: ‘shout artistically open throat and support focus through forehead’ in broken English directs with an eyebrow a nose dip, nod the head We get it. We are instruments. He brought me to sing like Christ’ last words alone or an angel choir in gregorian brings the congregation to unison, then stilled silence erupting praise.
Lawrence Hopperton lives in Stouffville Ontario. His chapbook, Ptolley Bay, was published by Lyrical Myrical Press in 2013, and his first full collection, Table for Three, was published by En Route Books and Media in 2021. His next collection, Such Common Stories, will appear in late 2022.