San Salvador (The New World) Poem
Marion Bethel was born and lives in Nassau, The Bahamas. She read law at Cambridge University, England and has worked as an attorney since 1986. Her writing includes poetry, short stories, and essays. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and literary journals. She has been a guest writer at numerous poetry festivals and is completing a third book of poetry.
Because of the programmatic nature, evocative themes, and lyrical nature of Christian Justilien's Bahamas Island Suite, C Force was inspired to approach Bethel with the idea of composing a set of poetry to serve as a companion piece to the musical suite. The resulting collection of poems, written by Bethel in 2013, lends itself perfectly as a set of texts to accompany the musical collection, but also serves as a stunning stand-alone set of works. The integration of lyrics and music of both versions of the Bahama Islands Suite sets a new standard of synthesis for Bahamian chamber music.