so often a jazz performance /only swings with sub-Coltrane licks/but experimentalism is the whipping boy/ of evolution
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48 – III. Elégie: Larghetto elegiaco. Poem by Stephen Andrew
Staring at nothing/But sleep’s petulant absence./Most nights were like this/Toward the end.
The second volume of playful rhymes from Damian Balassone, featuring Cliff Richard, Blue Moon River, and Taylor Swift.
Music is a fast ride./With the first rolls/of that old drum intro/I was snared.
The vines twisted around the pergola/in my grandmother’s backyard/were gnarled and old
In a car with my first lover/our relationship fraught, almost over./Song on the radio.
Night shifts summer’s leaves/Date palms rock in breeze/Crescent bay shimmers
It’s a song about the frisson of sexual and romantic connection and what’s so piquant and poignant about it is that the film is about dashed opportunities for such possibilities.
With the murmurings of chatter from other tables around us, our own conversation flowed smoothly, a stream without pebbles to impede the course.
Introducing some playful rhymes from our poet-in-residence, Damian Balassone...