Three poems by Jack Douthitt

March 16th, 2016

 

Poet Jack Douthitt writes these poems in “tanka” form (similar to haiku but five lines instead of three). 
The first line is the name of the artist, the second line is the name of the song, and the third line is the name of the album (if applicable).  Each five line poem then follows.

“Modern Jazz Quartet” and Dizzy Gillespie appear in Douthitt’s chapbook Riffin’ Around.

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Gerry Mulligan

My Funny Valentine

What is There to Say?

 

Swinging baritone sax

soaring trumpet

wrap my

funny valentine

in cool love

 

_____________________

 

 

Modern Jazz Quartet

Blues in C Minor

Blues on Bach

 

opening riff

shakes Bach

stirs us

into a dry

martini

 

 

_____________________

 

 

 

Dizzy Gillespie

Salt Peanuts

 

Cheeks puff out

trumpets scream…

peanuts

never sounded

so good

 

 

_________

jack

 

Jack Douthitt is the author of the non-fiction book Bonsai – The Art of Living Sculpture published by Rizzoli International in 2001. In 1987 he was recognized as “One of Americas Outstanding Bonsai Artists” by the National Bonsai Foundation. His prose fiction has been published in Out of Line, Rosebud, Flash Fiction Fridays, and heard on Milwaukee Public Radio. His poetry has been featured on The Song Is, and published in a chapbook titled Riffin’ Around. In 2015 he appeared in the Milwaukee production of “Listen to Your Mother.” He lives in Milwaukee WI with his bonsai and his wife, Michelle.

 

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