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Bill Evansesque Madrigal

ISSUE:  Fall 2019


Quartal voicings, the alcohols. 
Swallows in a martini sky, jigsawed

glassware, velvet-filleted pine trees,
brilliance & nada in cascade antipodes,

lightly sidestepping with motivic arches
the oiled train trestles, corner bars

& township caul of natal New Jersey,
the Ampex taping genius, its weird privacies

reel-to-reel, capturing the bass taking 
the low down, suppressed twinge

of truth, reefer, junk, as winter southpawed
in, despite all. Nights playing a show

one-handed, virtuosic, after a needle hit
a nerve. In tones variceal. Lyric. Cirrhotic.



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