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Virginia Firnberg

Virginia Firnberg


Virginia Firnberg studied piano and composition at The London College of Music, gaining an LLCM in 1985, also winning several composition prizes.  She won The Lillian Hunt prize for composition in 1989 awarding her further study with Herbert Brün at The University of Illinois. She subsequently gained an MA in composition at Michigan State University in Michigan USA, in 1994.

Her poetry has appeared in many publications including the anthology FLOATING CAPITAL.



Recorded on 1 November 2011 in London by Jacqui Johnson


  • Dear Mr Smart I Mean Dear Me, London 1986, Actual Size Press
  • What looked like two hands flapping… and A Fetid Breath Carry, London 1987, Angel Exhaust Press
  • Stones Carry Line on the, drink dust, glitter sticks and silver metallic all published in P-A-G-E-S by Robert Shephard, 1989-1990
  • EBB AND FLOW and swam, TAXI! included in the anthology  FLOATING CAPITAL new poets from London, London 1991, Potes     and Poets Press
  • SHE TOOK, London 1991, RWC (Read Write Create)
  • Arched Neck, a collection of writings by Virginia Firnberg, London 1991, Ed., Bob Cobbing.
  • PROSCENIUMARCH-MOUTH, published spring 1993 in AVEC magazine, San Francisco

Sample Text

It's bright the sky

shimmering wet the dust layers branches
the strain of always holding creeping winter is a greatness
that is a rest. The ground stiffens it's bright the sky

yesterday reminisce move now like an arrow underneath the wet earth
crisis drenched in dew a statue with a history of vegetation
clamours for attention roles over died.On the other side

the pavement is pushed up feet stiffen shouts 'blood'. ther is
the green. THERE IS THE GREEN .drowned the movement was
over quickly the pottery basked in sunshine

everything was used at the same time at the turn
THE ARCHED NECK OF A HORSE the meadow that flagged is put over
the shoulder at a walking pace,

mountains around trees that dry in the hot summer sun
it pours rocks 

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