159

Trumpet

Gordon Marshall By

Sign in to view read count
for Forbes Graham

Arc shoots to treble tongue trip

fingertip tapping valve tops

traps the sinuous sound round

the quartet's quartal vibe, tribe

of truth, sooth of soothing

tunes turned back on themselves

lost in vertical vertigo. Then

the trumpet picks them up,

passes brass baton unto

the soldered sound until now

a bric-a-brac. Attack! The spear

appears, piercing the pieces

of ear shrapnel, strings them

together like necklace for

Nubian princess, on the Nile.

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read The Fire in Coltrane’s Lungs Jazz Poetry The Fire in Coltrane’s Lungs
by Larry Jaffe
Published: August 2, 2014
Read Kissing Cousins: Jazz + poetry = jazz poetry Jazz Poetry Kissing Cousins: Jazz + poetry = jazz poetry
by Jeff Winke
Published: May 1, 2014
Read The Answer is Jim Jazz Poetry The Answer is Jim
by William DeLancey Adamson
Published: December 11, 2013
Read Birds with Long Red Tails Jazz Poetry Birds with Long Red Tails
by Adriana Carcu
Published: October 28, 2012
Read Poetry in Motian Jazz Poetry Poetry in Motian
by William DeLancey Adamson
Published: November 23, 2011
Read Black Sage (for Henry Grimes) Jazz Poetry Black Sage (for Henry Grimes)
by Gordon Marshall
Published: July 17, 2011
Read "BRIC JazzFest 2016" New York @ Night BRIC JazzFest 2016
by Peter Jurew
Published: October 28, 2016
Read "Bill Frisell's "Guitar in the Space Age" at the Blue Note" New York @ Night Bill Frisell's "Guitar in the Space Age" at...
by Peter Jurew
Published: October 20, 2016
Read "The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi" DVD/Film Reviews The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi
by Marc Davis
Published: December 16, 2016
Read "Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty" DVD/Film Reviews Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty
by Doug Collette
Published: June 11, 2016
Read "Louis Armstrong: The Hot Fives and Hot Sevens" Getting Into Jazz Louis Armstrong: The Hot Fives and Hot Sevens
by Mark Barnett
Published: July 6, 2016

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!