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Set Myself Free (2020)

for SSAA Choir | 00:04:00

by Melissa Dunphy

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Commissioned by Amuse Singers, Artistic Director Phillip Cheah, to commemorate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The live premiere of this work was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic; the score will be available after the live premiere.

Suck-in stomach.
Wet plump lips.
Paint myself,
Until I can't see myself.
Pleasing you.
I'm tired of my
Face Waist Thighs.
Tired of being the...
UnMe? Not Me?
The Never Good Enough To Be Really Seen.
I scrub the shame out of my eyes.
What to do,
with this paint left behind?
Make
Signs
Slogans
Screaming
Your rights and mine.
Laws
Re-painted
To better align
With the dreams
Our foremothers bought
on back and bent knee.
They know the price of liberty.
They paid day after day
So I could re-paint the Constitution,
And set myself free.

—Jacqueline Goldfinger

Artwork by Claris Park