This is another offering from the Journal of Poetry and Jazz. Maybe listen to some Coltrane while reading it. The author is Cheryl Whithead and is from a poem called Impressions.
On the nights I’m loneliest, I listen to a recording of Coltrane and Dolphy
playing a concert in Copenhagen with Jones,
Workman and Tyner. After a false start,
Trane speaks to the audience. thank you very kindly,
ladies and gentlemen, he says, and the South
pours over the stage floor like a river cresting its banks.
When the applause stops, he starts to play__
slightly arching his back, he looms, tall
and wide-bodied, tenor in his hands.
Through that horn, he calls to Eric D.,
who answers him note for note on the alto,
the knot on his forehead bulging like a…
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