Graham Meyer is a writer, editor, composer, and crossword puzzle constructor based in Chicago. He reviews restaurants for Crain’s Chicago Business and covers classical and new music for Chicago magazine. His music has been performed by Musae and the Princeton Katzenjammers. His puzzles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Sun.


This piece, titled after the first line of the John Keats sonnet from which it takes its text, won the fifth-anniversary composition competition of the San Francisco women’s chamber choir Musae. The group also recorded it on its album Five. I’ve excerpted the work here, but I can send the full piece if you’re interested.