Spoken word poet Bob Jensen has published his second audio book, Prayer to Morning, a collection of 20 spoken word poems featuring the guitar work of Chris Corrigan and the cello of Natalie Williams Calhoun. Corrigan also recorded and produced the project at his studio in Charlottetown. The collection uses the music of Bach as well as original compositions by Corrigan and British singer-songwriter, Jake Morley. The artwork for the cover is entitled Golden Sky, a painting by PEI artist, Karen Gallant.
Prayer to Morning is largely a nostalgic look at the author’s early childhood and adolescence and the idyllic years he says he spent growing up in Northern New Brunswick. The collection also features a musical version of the poem Tampa, which chronicles Jensen’s time living in that city in the early 1980s. Tampa was recently recorded by New York City bluesman, Guy Davis. Several of the works are nature-inspired and A Heavy Millstone tackles the issue of sexual abuse by clergy.
Jensen credits Chris Corrigan’s input on the project. “I chose to work with Chris because of his great musical ideas and experience, and I was not disappointed,” he says. Prayer to Morning will be available on digital platforms such as Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify.
While Jensen says his poetry is very much a sideline, he is confirmed to perform spoken word engagements in Canada, Europe, England, Australia and Zimbabwe in 2020. His poetry is regularly featured on CBC Mainstreet’s, “Word Is with Bob Jensen.”