Mer (2015) is a setting of poetry by Sue Goyette that explores the relationship of the people of Halifax to the ocean around them. Recorded interludes made up of sounds from around Halifax seperate movements performed by the narrator and quartet. The poems are from Sue's collection Ocean, published by the wonderful Gaspereau Press. Mer was the first piece I composed that worked with spoken poetry. I've continued this work in my piece I Am Full of the Sea with poems by Monica Kidd, and in my collaboration with Sarah McCabe and Susan McMaster on Solace.