Anita Sings in Black Hat and White Feathers
Apr15

Anita Sings in Black Hat and White Feathers

“They went into Anita O’Day’s club and there unpacked and played till nine o’clock in the morning.” i Singer’s singer nightingale Belle’s voice clearly sailed Scat scatting dress flounces Jazzy gal bouncy bounces Uptown rhythm Off the Beat Ahead of the beat Behind the beat Tapping feet Hip club cool heat Down Beat noted Belle totted Gene drummed Roy thumbed Horn taboo Improv cool Newport Jazz breezy money July day sweet as honey,...

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Doctor William S. Sax and Bird of Paradise
Apr09

Doctor William S. Sax and Bird of Paradise

Doctor William S. Sax and Bird of Paradise Faust Part Three Sad Catholic childhood as dark nuns weep in rain i And Saint Thérèse turns her head Vanilla pudding and snow swirls dust Milk Street ii Brown banks of Merrimac muck And child ghosts and fantasy Sax hides in darkness (Round Midnight) The Shadow Under porches Count Condu below evil Castle Castle Hill, Snake Hill Fury river roars white horses of the apocalypse Nightmares and...

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Young Charlie Parker
Apr01

Young Charlie Parker

“All you need is one person in your whole life to really be listening.” i Young Charlie Parker Lester Young, Charlie Parker Chu Berry, berry, young Charlie Parker Charlie Parker from Kansas City The swingiest, stompingest this land’s city Shoot’em up cowboy city Gangster city Nighttime city Charlie original Charlie natural And they once laughed him off the bandstand And that broke his heart But he hoboed out In the last years of the...

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Lobster Tail in Downtown Red Bank
Mar28

Lobster Tail in Downtown Red Bank

Lobster tail in downtown Red Bank A big lovely lobster tail sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar Takes up the white cardboard bakery box tied with red-and-white- bake shop string Nestled in pristine white bakery paper Layers and layers of light flaky leaves shaped as shell Crisp to the tooth One crunchy bite Fresh sweetened rich French cream oozes out Another bite will set you right Next bite lightens up this sad old world Lobster tail...

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History Repeats Itself In Paradise
Feb27

History Repeats Itself In Paradise

There is a place in life for faith but that place is not in the mind Security is whatever you get when you’ve outrun your memories, & redemption only comes when you’ve been damned by what you can’t live down— But the voice of conscience is as hard to hear as it is to kill Love is whatever it takes to outlive your regrets, & when the soul’s as timeless as its absence the heart’s as good as the last place it left For in...

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Howls of 9/11 Attacks
Sep11

Howls of 9/11 Attacks

Howls of 9/11 attacks Moloch skyscrapers stood looming monstrously large Crowning the shining Battery of Manhattan Two planes crashed south and north towers 500 mph Screeched morning sirens through city streets Ignited jet fuel fireball syringe Apocalyptic overdose Raging inferno, heat intense heat 2500 degrees Fahrenheit Four winged horsemen Terror, waken nightmare, hellish hallucinations Heavy black mushroom squibs Giant ash...

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Scroll on, Jack
Sep08

Scroll on, Jack

Scroll on, Jack, roll out the roll, That stretches down old midnight road, Speeding mad holy cowboy “YASS!” Parking lot buckaroo Hobo streets Puddles of sweet fevered sweat Minds bright racing minds piercing eyes meet piercing eyes burn, baby, burn, burnburnburn What about you, long lost brother? Would you like to cut out on that relentless hot, rainy, cold, snowy, icy, long dusty road? It’s different now; the roads are jammed. The...

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Vast Suffering Painting
Jul14

Vast Suffering Painting

First thought, best thought First wife, best? Lost wife of youth Black-haired baby boy Third wife Care giving wife Second wife Ah Blue-eyed girl “You can’t go all over the country having babies like that,”i sayeth Gabe to Neal (Jack, why couldn’t you be happy with ecstasy pie pumpernickel bread and sweet butter with your morning coffeeii?) First noble truth suffering La vida es dolorosaiii You will have suffering in this world Born to...

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