Robert Charles Howard
I try to keep the rust away by being an active composer and have been the conductor of the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra in Belleville IL since 1995 and of the Belleville Philharmonic Chorale since 2001.I am a member of the American Choral Directors Association.
My compositions have been been performed by many professional, community, college and high school ensembles in Missouri, Illinois and other parts of the country.
I composed a Christmas cantata entitled, Radiance of the Light was premiered by the Belleville Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra in December,2007 and my Piano Sonata was premiered by Michael McElvain in April,2008. A video of my piano sonata can ... more »
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Robert Charles Howard Poems
Anatomy of Arrogance
A shivering ball of fear wrapped in a crust of pride too thick for sharpest arrows huddles alone but well protected.
Farmers flocked to Blossburg's mines willing their abandoned plows to perpetual dust and rain.
How could I ever understand what it is you choose to call existence and how could I ever
Delusions of immortality vanish in a heartbeat as earth’s colossal magnets clutch jagged fire ribbons -
In memoriam, professor Earl Henry Through shuttered eyes, I see you still - dressed out in earthen tones
A snow blower at maximum throttle has no cyclonic edge on a happy quintet of grandkids assaulting a stack of presents.
As Plain as the Nose
A nose is such a ruddy hoot - sloping south between the eyes with tubes flared out like a hungry Hoover
The power scythe roared and quivered;
A stranger ventured across the universal chasm setting lips and tongue to calculated motion.
Cathedrals of Bling
The Gods are money sound these days. and priests have marketing degrees - The faithful, called to worship by giant plasma screens,
Spare no lament for the maple leaves that, defying their impending fall, play blazing gold and scarlet concerts bright as Christmas brass in marble halls.
A graceful water weaving dolphin swirls wakes of gentle waves - a white, silver blue phantom shimmering in the noonday sun.
*More Gnu Ones
After a grueling but fulfilling spring I'm back trying to smith a few words. Should I send out messages to all of you with the new titles saying Nah! If you read them fine, if not 'live long and prosper' anyway.
A Salmon Returns
Well, I’m home again at last - back from the salted sea and after all that heavy finning, I’m hot for a special date
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Anatomy of Arrogance
A shivering ball of fear
wrapped in a crust of pride
too thick for sharpest arrows
huddles alone but well protected.
Grown to (wo) man,
that shivering ball,
aglow with haughty lustre,
plies the difficult art
of strutting from a seated position -
hoping beyond all fearing
that none will ever come to know
the terror behind the mask.