On first looking into Adorno’s Jazz
The man lived through the passage of phrases
monastic intensity coupled with mindful pleasures
aesthetic concerns triumphant as a whip crack
it’s crucial to make certain playback is accurate
vital to know that one’s own concerns are met
impossible to write
poetry after death camps.
The world yes
the mélange of real and symbol and whim
is surely – his world – surely dead.
there is no
system that permits one to accept
two dirty notes as the new
and no fair trade
pan flute for a snare drum
smudge chords as you play
and welcome barbarism?
Music is too important to be left — far too imperative to be right.
Who was this hoodoo man
this voodoo princeling
this old bourgeois Marxian
this brilliant inheritor of German
But Teddy there was tone
and time that would not submit
to 12-toned angels.
your knowledge and that jazz:
ColtraneDavis // EllingtonBasie // ParkerDizzy
You should have let the Angel play her game with history
in the mood for love
after kulture got gang-raped and gunned down
April in Paris
shaved heads and complicity
my melancholy …
so blown and squeezed into soft atonal slaps.
Herr Doctor all is forgiven in the text
and wrong on one score old sir
we can let that page blaze
and listen still in sore and torn amaze,
Published in Rampike Vol 16#1 (Conceptualisms Issue)