What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 DOCUMENTARY)

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) Liz Garbus made this stunning documentary about Nina Simone. It exposes the effect of American racial violence on this uniquely talented artist. Contains revelatory interviews with husband Andrew Stroud and daughter Lisa Simone Kelly, but it’s the accompanying footage of live performances that allows Miss Simone to leap off the … More What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 DOCUMENTARY)

Disposable Poem August 8, 2015: Homage to Partch – After Harry Partch

  Homage to Partch When you’re too poor to buy a horn, machete the tubing on the water hose and blow, as my brother did. Why should the rich monopolize music? Those of us who grew up where dodging bullets taught a new form of modern dance, professional drum sets were out of the question. … More Disposable Poem August 8, 2015: Homage to Partch – After Harry Partch

Poetic Response: Absinthe – After Erik Satie’s “Pièces Froides”

                  Absinthe Fastidious with his tea, Satie toys with a key — one key, one note learned by rote in the punctilious smoke of the infinite joke, drowned in the shuffles sawdust muffles of death rattles from memory’s tatters and tattle-tailers that gossip battles. Wistful melancholy in … More Poetic Response: Absinthe – After Erik Satie’s “Pièces Froides”