Rick London: poem

  Rick London

  Bach Reviews The Newly Discovered
  Mingus / Dolphy Session

 
  JPR 09

Bach Reviews The Newly Discovered Mingus / Dolphy Session

I hate this, this — offal
The ensemble fancies nerve

as the medium of design
We can’t conclude anything

about the soloist
His statements are mostly

a frenzy of digression
What’s he saying?

If this were a garden
we couldn’t tell a footpath

from a ditch
There’s no accumulated time

in which to think
or serene interval

to lift up our passions
How are we to understand

that place in the order
of things

for the sacrament
of a breath?

This is the syncopation of ruin
Everything keeps happening

 
U. S. poet Rick London
 

Rick London is the author of the poetry collection The Materialist (Doorjamb Press, 2008). He is co-translator (with Omnia Amin) of works by Mahmoud Darwish, Ibrahim Nasrallah, and Nawal El Saadawi. He lives in Oakland, CA.

 

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