Going Inside the Melody

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English: A portrait of John Coltrane by Paolo ... English: A portrait of John Coltrane by Paolo Steffan (amateur painter, Wikipedia user), 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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