Wild Geese (2012) is a dance piece created and choreographed by Monica Karwan, inspired by the poem written by Mary Oliver. I was asked to compose the music. The piece consists of three short movements. From the inception of the piece, Monica was interested in using recordings of the poem as the foundation of the music. After recording Monica reading the poem, I began to transcribe the rhythmic structures of her reading and used those rhythms as the foundation for my composition. The piece was premiered in Lancaster, NY in the spring of 2012.