“Ted Joans” — a poem by Steven Dalachinsky

March 29th, 2019

 

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Ted Joans

 

has 10 Picasso’s in Timbuktu
says the sand dunes in the sahara are
sensual & soft
refers to that desert as “she”
carries secrets in his water sack
& his passport around his neck
travels around the world
the way most folks travel around
the block
has 2 hats in spain
waiting to be broken in
says he lost half his lps in the Niger River
loves black velvet &
sweet potato pie
knew Bird, Breton &
Kerouac
seems he knows everyone
even me.

had dinner in my apt.
last nite.

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……………………....previously published in. Reaching Into the Unknown

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by Steven Dalachinsky

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Steve Dalachinsky is a New York downtown poet. He is active in the poetry, music, art, and free jazz scene. Dalachinsky’s main influences are the Beats, William Blake, The Odyssey, obsession, socio-political angst, human disappointment, music (especially Jazz), and visual art with leanings toward abstraction. Dalachinsky’s books include A Superintendent’s Eyes (Hozomeen Press 2000), his PEN Award Winning book The Final Nite & Other Poems: Complete Notes From A Charles Gayle Notebook 1987-2006 (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006), a compendium of poetry written while watching saxophonist Charles Gayle perform throughout New York City in that time period, and Logos and Language, co-authored with pianist Matthew Shipp (RogueArt 2008) and Reaching Into The Unknown, a collaboration with French photographer Jacques Bisceglia (RogueArt 2009).

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For a complete biography, visit his Wikipedia page.

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