Bird Inside These Monastery Walls," as the first movement is titled, features an occasional piccolo bird-song over a carpet of murmuring
sixteenth notes, woven through a steady quarter-note pulse--perhaps the tread of the monks' footsteps.
JUDGES, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, running time 2hr 40min, until April 19.
The first section, "Detroit, City of Straits," progresses through the airy, introductory poem of the same title, to the sturdy silent figures of "The Belle Isle Men," their voices murmuring
"the revenge of lust exchanged like rage," to the quiet reminiscence of "The Nature of Braille," in which the speaker remembers "the prettiest girl in the fifth grade" and the "glossy gray veils obscuring her eyes.
From a gentle tip-tap like the murmuring
patter of spring rain to thunder-crack jumps and the smart-aleck snap-slap-pop of a firecracker, Glover's feet tossed like tassels, and the sounds alternately soothed and then sparked the senses.