Posts tagged “jazz poetry”

Literature

Poetry by Jason Conner

Listening to Trane

Madman rages burst
from his golden horn-
Through John’s mouthpiece
galaxies of enlightened energy
were born-
Trane’s band wailed
in dissonant bawling
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Literature

Poetry by Suzanne Richardson Harvey

BLACK SONG FOR BILLIE HOLIDAY

The night the blue saxophones died
You still remain in the spotlight’s ivory heat
A riddle that puzzles the heart
Snatching from the soil of catastrophe
A nugget of perfect sound
Glowing like an iridescent candle
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Literature

Poetry by Brian Mayer

CONVERSATION ON ROUTE 23 NORTH, NOVEMBER 1987

He leans on me like a rusted bicycle,
Tires flat against the weathered south wall
Of a lonesome, abandoned barn
Slumps into the rear seat of his old Ford
Station wagon, no longer capable of riding
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Literature

“ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET” [after Miles Ahead], a poem by Michael Harper

“ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET” [after Miles Ahead]

by Michael Harper

Even before R.B.S.’borrowed’ his mother Ann’s &nbsp Jazztrack album
I’d given this Miles “signature piece” to my own mother & father

She’d smile as I plucked the “repeat button” avoiding”his” baby grand piano
then I switched to “Stella By Starlight” in the slowest of tempos &nbsp so they
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Literature

Poetry by Sandra Ervin Adams

FOR COUNT BASIE

On this day, your birthday, I want
to celebrate, although you passed last
century. I crave some birthday cake,
so I put on “One O’clock Jump”
one more time to soothe my soul, allow
your fingers to loosen my tight, sore
muscles that have taken hold, the ones
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