“Jazz Is” — a poem by Charles Joseph Albert

June 25th, 2019






Jazz Is

a charged trap in chill-charmed, ginger jams.

their charts changed the channel from the jejune chants.

the business trap wizards had chosen was challenging chintzy chimes:
amazingly bass crazy ways razing beat laziness, hazy times.

They be-bop.

You jonesing for the chance to cheat the jingle chumps?
These trumpet champs will cheer you up in jawbone jumps.

You be-bop.
You be-bop.

You chuck in juicy sax-licks to a jaunty jolt.
They judo-chop the joint up like a giant joke.
The jubilant trombones’ll jiggle and gyrate in jungle jute,
assuming a zooming consuming and booming big brass to boot.

D’you jive, Jack?
Get super Zulu zoom.
Do be-bop.
Do be-bop.
Do be-bop, Bub.

Just suppose a juxtapose of churlish cheese,
a chain of jaded choices ‘n’ chattering chimpanzees:
rappers who dabble in babbling jabbering bimbo time,
or bony-boy boppers and sappy hip-popstars who passed their prime.

Zip, zim, zow!
We’re zig-zag zoning now!
We be-bop.
We be-bop.
We be bop, bub. Won’-
cha be-bop?
Cha be-bop?
Cha be-bop bad?








Charles Joseph Albert works as a metallurgist in San Jose, California, where he lives with his wife and three boys. He plays trombone in a jazz/classical group called the South Bay Bones and writes poetry/prose. His work has appeared recently in Amsterdam Quarterly, the Apeiron Review, Asissi, The Ibis Head Review, the MOON, Chicago Literati, the Literary Hatchet, the Lowestoft Chronicle, and The Literary Nest.






From 1966, a film of the Stan Getz Quartet (with Steve Swallow, Roy Haynes and Gary Burton) is highlighted by a spirited solo by Haynes





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4 comments on ““Jazz Is” — a poem by Charles Joseph Albert”

  1. Great rhythm, alliteration, internal rhyme, and best of all, great, great fun. Yowzah! This poem is a world of wonderful whirling sound. Playful poetry at its best.

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