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Jazz Poetry

Cage

By Published: March 7, 2010
I play the folk song twice
once to ring out the singed
changes, again in order that

nothing comes between you
and me, however the notes
pound for release from a cage...

A piece by Cage, you know
the one, the 4' 33" of silence
no one explains to satisfaction.

The notes—are there any, and,
do they come to ground? I have
a theory: the absence of theory

characterizes the piece, a piece
of peace, no schooling in scales
required. Play it. Play it, Cage.



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