Posts tagged “poetry”


“Because I Am” by Hayden Carruth

Because I Am
In mem. Sidney Bechet, 1897-1959

Because I am a memorious old man
I’ve been asked to write about you, Papa Sidney,
Improvising in standard meter on a well-known
Motif, as you did all those nights in Paris
And the world. I remember once in Chicago
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“The Star” by Pablo Neruda

The Star

Well, I never went back, I no longer
from not going back, the sand willed it
and as part wave and part channel,
syllable of salt, leech of water,
I, soverign, slave of the coast
surrendered, chained to my rock.
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