© Marie Marshall.
Best part – the whole of it reads in jazz rhythm. Not that you didn’t plan that – just thought I’d say I noticed. But somehow, deep down in my little curious soul, I suspect a lot more than Jazz could be afoot here. I do like it very much. Read it several times in fact! T
A lot more is afoot. Yes I’m aware of a kind of jazz rhythm in my head as I wrote this – kind of aiming for a free-form ‘lingual spontaneity’ (quoting Kerouac), though as I have in my notebook ‘the coward in me does revise’. I am, as always, thrashing around looking for something. I can’t sit still – whether it’s a sonnet or lithopoesis, or a freewrite, I’m never content to churn out the same old stuff.
I do believe you’ve hit your target! And, everything you said past the parentheses – ditto for me. I suppose we all do it to some degree or another. Though, I’ve never heard it expressed any better than “the coward in me does revise”.
You may quote me.
I like the photos and the description. I saw some of the great New Orleans music men before the city was hit by the hurricane. The good music is so good. Good when the musician love to play. Thank you for the photos and thoughts.
New York in my mind more than New Orleans. More Apple than Easy. Hence the pics are crops and manipulations from a Miles Davis / Gil Evans TV show from about 1959, featuring John Coltrane on tenor. I tend not to illustrate my poems, but rather to make them their own illustrations, but I just felt like doing it this time.
I never spend a lot of time in New York city. Too many people for me. A lot of the music men and woman did come from the old city.
I think I would just die in NYC – but oh to have been at the Five Spot and rubbed shoulders with LeRoi Jones and Frank O’Hara, and listened to Monk and Trane!
Ah…the music flows through this one so very well.
And what music!
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