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Sunday, October 14th

back to church

“My Soul Is a Witness for My Lord,” Mt. Ramah Primitive Baptist Association, Thomaston, Ga., 2011

 

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lagniappe

reading table

A string of raindrops
dangling
from an iron bar reveals
opportunities for
clarity.

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As if you could escape
by following

the path you carved
there

to its prescribed end.

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As if, after all,

the thing that comes to mind
squared times inertia

equaled the “real.”

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Worth While,” “Inscription,” “Equals” (Versed [2009])

Tuesday, October 2nd

more

Jürg Frey (1953-), Klavierstück Arrangement Nr. 1-3 (1991); Keiko Shichijo (piano), live, c. 2011

 

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On a journey, ill:
my dream goes wandering
over withered fields.

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Yoel Hoffmann; Japanese Death Poems, Yoel Hoffmann, ed.)

Thursday, September 27th

basement jukebox

“Can I Change My Mind” (B. Despenza, C. Wolfolk)

Alton Ellis (1938-2008), 1969

 

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Tyrone Davis (1938-2005), 1968

 

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How lonesome the Wind must feel Nights –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1441 (Franklin)

Wednesday, September 26th

sounds of Chicago

Muhal Richard Abrams (1930-2017), piano, “Young at Heart” (Young at Heart/Wise in Time, 1974)

 

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I’m finite – I cant see –

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This timid life of Evidence
Keeps pleading – “I don’t know” –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 725 (Franklin)

Sunday, September 16th

More from Aretha’s homegoing service.

Smokey Robinson, “Really Gonna Miss You,” live, Detroit, 8/31/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Brook, Ill. (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

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reading table

Your path is at your feet whether you realize it or not.

—painter Agnes Martin, 1912-2004 (Arne Glimcher, Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances, 2012)

Sunday, September 9th

More from Aretha’s homegoing service.

Jennifer Hudson, “Amazing Grace,” live, Detroit, 8/31/18

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The World Contracted to a Recognizable Image
by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

at the small end of an illness
there was a picture
probably Japanese
which filled my eye

an idiotic picture
except it was all I recognized
the wall lived for me in that picture
I clung to it as a fly

Wednesday, August 29th

Friday in Chicago

They’re playing at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Chris Speed Trio (CS, tenor saxophone; Chris Tordini, bass; Dave King, drums), live, Italy, 2015

“All of Me” (G. Marks, S. Simons)

 

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“Argento” (C. Speed)

 

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Light was on its way
from nothing
to nowhere.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Accounts”

Sunday, August 26th

more sounds of Shreveport

Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band (Brian Blade, drums, et al.), Hallelujah Train, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, “Amazing Grace,” live, Shreveport, La., 2017

 

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random sights

other day, Monhegan Island, Maine

*****

reading table

The present
must be kept empty
so that anything
can happen:

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Empty”

Monday, August 20th

more

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Cloud Trio (2009); Chartreuse (Myra Hinrichs, violin; Carrie Frey, viola; Helen Newby, cello), live, Los Angeles, 2016

 

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Walking in Mountains in the Rain
by Wang Wei, 699-759 (translated from Chinese by David Young,
Five T’ang Poets, 1990)

In this quick cloudburst
air thickens, the sky comes down

dark mountains
flashes of lightning

out at sea new clouds
have just started to form
and this small brook I straddle
is a river in flood somewhere

rags and blankets of mist
hang on these slopes and cliffs

then the clouds open and vanish
rain patters off
and moonlight silvers
that whole reach of river
foothills to ocean

and even from this black mountain
I can hear boatmen singing.

Saturday, August 18th

3n

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Light and Matter (2014); Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano), live, New York, 2017

 

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Dust is the only secret.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 166 (Franklin)

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