Category Archives: Music

Blackbirds

BLACKBIRDS How little they take from life how much they give a few worms from your soil and in return each summer dusk they fill with music more endlessly inventive than a hundred Bachs and Beethovens in black tie coats … Continue reading

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Candle Flame

CANDLE FLAME Through all our winter nights since forebears hidden in the gloom of time took our fates on fur-wrapped feet across ice floes to this northern clime we’ve watched this yellow dancer seal blubber night clubber burning tallow enchanting … Continue reading

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The Carpenter’s Labyrinth

THE CARPENTER’S LABYRINTH Musical language of wood: plane and saw and feather router chamfer sand dovetail mortice tenon mitre battens joists branders dooblins hangers midrails transomes astragals scrolls stringers winders scribe splice bullnose apron plate at night the joiner sleeps … Continue reading

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Nocturnal Empire

NOCTURNAL EMPIRE Merchant City Friday night urban rhythms as trafficlight gridiron criss-cross zigzag bass beat jazz blues intersect stop start rumble of passing cars on cobbles, tarmacadam red light, green, amber ambiguity, uncertainty tartan weave fabric pattern waiters and waitresses … Continue reading

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The Moon Of Totems

THE MOON OF TOTEMS When I sleep the absent ones come back dead there again at my side in silent camaraderie. How graciously they refrain from resenting how we’ve been getting by without them. It’s just we turned around one … Continue reading

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Poem #33/52

Here is the 33rd poem in my 52-poem sequence (one a week) for 2013, followed by some illumination and reflection: SKIES Wide and helpless skies skies without language or voice without Gods or hope you have me captive. skies without … Continue reading

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Poem #32/52

Here is the 32nd poem in my 52-poem sequence (one a week) for 2013, followed by some illumination and reflection: WEDDING DAY The bleak midwinter sun rose to find me in the bath this morning and the floor turned to … Continue reading

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