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Wednesday, October 27th

alone

Anna Höstman (1972-), Late Winter (for the Left Hand), Cheryl Duvall (piano), Ella Sharp Morton (art direction), published 9/21/21

The music video for Late Winter (for the Left Hand), recorded by Cheryl Duvall, with art direction by Ella Sharp Morton, will be presented at the next UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in October/November 2021 as part of the Musicians 4 Climate Justice fundraiser for UNESCO and local climate change initiatives.

Anna Höstman

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lagniappe

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

In Ohara
a lonely thread of smoke
from the charcoal burner’s kiln
drifting
disconsolate

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Sunday, October 10th

timeless

Dixie Hummingbirds, “Get Away, Jordan” (trad.), c. 1949

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

This world—
strung jewels
of dew
on the frail thread
a spider spins

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Friday, October 8th

what’s new

Common, “When We Move” (feat. Black Thought, Seun Kuti), 9/28/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

Clear and clearer
with the moon the heart
swells widening
out toward
what distant end I know not

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Sunday, October 3rd

another take

Elder Demetrius Tolfre, “I don’t Know What You’ve Come To Do,” live, 2007

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

My heart
I send with the moon
into the mountains—
what of this body
left in darkness? 

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Saturday, October 2nd

timeless

One-word review: Wow!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), 3rd Mvt.; Quatuor Ebène, live (90th birthday celebration for pianist Menahem Pressler [1923-]), Paris, 2013

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A string of wild geese
wind-strewn
through the sky
their cries echoing
confused and scattered

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Wednesday, September 15h

sounds (and sights) of Chicago

Avreeayl Ra (voice, drums, percussion, flute) and Ed Wilkerson (didgeridoo, tenor saxophone), live, Chicago, 8/23/20

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Whatever it is,
I cannot understand it,
although gratitude
stubbornly overcomes me
until I’m reduced to tears.

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, September 12th

sounds of Chicago

Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Royal Voices of Life, live (“I Shall Wear a Crown,” “Like a Ship,” “Nobody Knows”), Chicago, published 9/9/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

It was not
for moon gazing I came
into Mount Yoshino
yet seeing it I grieve
over the sad world

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Monday, March 14th

sounds of 1926

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude No. 15 (“Raindrop”); Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948), piano, 1926


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Bessie Smith (1894-1937), “Young Woman’s Blues,” 1926


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lagniappe

reading table

Whatever it is,
I cannot understand it,
although gratitude
stubbornly overcomes me
until I’m reduced to tears.

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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