Mezzo-soprano, cello and piano (three songs based on works written in 1986, revised). Dedicated to Zheng Cao. Premiere: April 26, 1998 at Old First Church, San Francisco. Mezzo-Soprano Zheng Cao; cellist Emil Miland; pianist Jake Heggie.
1. Before the Storm (Judyth Walker)
2. It sounded as if the streets were running (Emily Dickinson)
3. What lips my lips have kissed (Edna St. Vincent Millay)
4. The Thin Edge (Dorothy Parker)
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