A poet rediscovers the artistic passion of her youth—and pays tribute to the teacher she thought she’d lost.
After thirty-five years as an "on-again, off-again, uncoached closet pianist," poet and writer Robyn Sarah picked up the phone one day and called her old piano teacher, whom she had last seen in her early twenties. Music, Late and Soon is the story of Sarah’s return to study piano with the mentor of her youth, as well as a reflection on her previously unexamined musical past: a decade spent at Quebec's Conservatoire de Musique, studying clarinet, dreaming of a career as an orchestral musician, but already a writer at heart. Both introspective and speculative, this two-tiered musical autobiography tracks the author's long-ago defection from a musical career path and her late return to serious practice and tells the story of a relationship with an extraordinary teacher remembered and renewed.
About the Author:
Poet, writer, literary editor, and musician, Robyn Sarah is the author of ten poetry collections. My Shoes Are Killing Me won the 2015 Governor General’s Award and the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for poetry. In 2017 Biblioasis published a forty-year retrospective, Wherever We Mean to Be: Selected Poems, 1975-2015. Her poems have been included in The Norton Anthology of Poetry and other anthologies in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and two collections have appeared in French translation. She has also published two collections of short stories and a book of essays on poetry. Since 2011 she has served as poetry editor for Cormorant Books.