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I Will Learn To Love a Person: 3. I Will Learn How To Love A Person And Then I Will Teach You And Then We Will Know

from The Arching Path by Christopher Cerrone

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I Will Learn To Love a Person is a setting of five poems by the writer Tao Lin, a sort of early poet laureate of Logging On, whose work attests to the banality of overconnectedness. Lin often ponders the contradiction inherent to life in the digital age, how it is possible to feel at once overexposed and unnoticed to the point of vanishing. Like Whitman, Lin’s speaker sings himself—but his “i” is lowercase, flattened by the weight of an overbearing universe.

Cerrone’s setting amplifies the sites at which feeling leaks out of Lin’s guarded prose. At the conclusion of the eponymous movement, Cerrone has the soprano belt “we must try harder” on a high B-flat, as if to imply that more trying might not, in fact, be possible.


seen from a great enough distance i cannot be seen
i feel this as an extremely distinct sensation
of feeling like shit; the effect of small children
is that they use declarative sentences and then look at your face
with an expression that says, ‘you will never do enough
for the people you love’; i can feel the universe expanding
and it feels like no one is trying hard enough
the effect of this is an extremely shitty sensation
of being the only person alive; i have been alone for a very long
it will take an extreme person to make me feel less alone
the effect of being alone for a very long time
is that I have been thinking very hard and learning about
existence, mortality
loneliness, people, society, and love; i am afraid
that i am not learning fast enough; i can feel the universe
and it feels like no one has ever tried hard enough; when i cried in
your room
it was the effect of an extremely distinct sensation that ‘I am the
only person
alive,’ ‘i have not learned enough,’ and ‘i can feel the universe
expanding and making things be further apart
and it feels like a declarative sentence
whose message is that we must try harder’


from The Arching Path, releases May 21, 2021
Timo Andres, piano
Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
Ian Rosenbaum, percussion
Mingzhe Wang, clarinet


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Christopher Cerrone Brooklyn, New York

Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984) has been commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and eighth blackbird, among others and his opera Invisible Cities was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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