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Tuesday, August 9th

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James Brandon Lewis Trio (JBL [1983-, tenor saxophone, composition], et al.), “Raise Up Off Me,” live, New York, 3/9/22

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I’m not lonely
because I have secrets;

I’m lonely because words
can’t bring the past
into the present

(which amounts to the same thing)

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Pretty Little” (Conjure, 2020)

Friday, March 4th

sounds of Ukraine

Alyona Alyona (1991-), “Open,” 2018

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Any fence maintains the other / side is “without form.”

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “As We’re Told”

Monday, December 13th

sounds of New York

Being & Becoming (Peter Evans, trumpets, compositions; Joel Ross, vibraphone; Nick Jozwiak, bass; Savannah Harris, drums, percussion), New York, streamed 6/29/21

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It is in no sense
essential

that this crown of leaves,
sifted by wind

as if turning over
some problem,

is a gray-green
brightening into rust-red

at the tips

or that its equivocations
fill this instant

to the brim.

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

Friday, October 15th

what’s new

Robert Glasper (keyboards), “Shine” (feat. D Smoke, Tiffany Gouché), 10/6/21

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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I miss this moment
as it goes on happening.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Crescendo” (New Yorker, 10/18/21)

Tuesday, July 20th

timeless

Django Reinhardt (1920-1953, guitar), “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (I. Jones, G. Kahn), 1939

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other day, Chicago

Monday, April 26th

sounds of Paris and Moscow

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Dylan Corlay, direction), live, Moscow (Tchaikovsky Concert Hall), 11/19/20: Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Dérive 1; Bruno Mantovani (1974-), Chamber Concerto No. 2

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yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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Light was on its way
from nothing
to nowhere.

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How could speed take shape?

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God is encrypting his account.

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

Monday, October 26th

alone

Eva-Maria Houben (1955-), lines; R. Andrew Lee (piano), live, Denver, 3/8/17

 

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other day, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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People are startled to discover
that their inner monologues
are ghost-written.

—Rae Armantrout, from “Startle Reflex” (London Review of Books, 10/8/20)

Saturday, October 24th

sounds of Jamaica

Koffee, “Pressure” (remix feat. Buju Banton), 10/20/20

 

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other day, Chicago

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We use similes to show
things are connected –

and they are,
just not in the way we say.

—Rae Armantrout, from “Finalist” (London Review of Books, 10/8/20)

Tuesday, January 28th

tonight in Chicago

They’re playing at Elastic Arts.

Dave Rempis (alto saxophone), Brandon Lopez (bass), Ryan Packard (drums, electronics), live, New York, 2019

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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How many traits
must a thing have
in order to be singular?

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Two, Three”

Sunday, January 19th

more

Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke, Paul Foster), live, Los Angeles, 1955

“I Have a Friend Above All Others,” “Be With Me Jesus”

 

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“Nearer My God to Thee”

 

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a while ago, off the coast of Maine

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

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Empty”

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