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  • Poetry Month: Sean Singer - "This one's my Cadillac. This one's my house."

    October 14, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO joins the celebration!

    Sean Singer
    Sean Singer

    Sean Singer is an American poet based in New York City. His book "Discography" won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition and the Norma Farber First Book Award in 2001.

    “This one’s my Cadillac. This one’s my house.”

    Charlie Parker said, pointing to his vein, as he tapped
    it and some hazel kids played in the sprung yellow hydrant.

    He’s a target, has Melvillian fuzz, and puffy fingers,
    tiny bear-like eyes—dark whorls, with burnt olive pit.

    It’s heroin. Hero, like the heroisch of its German origin,
    he impresses others by sleeping late, dozing, and stealing.

    He never leapt tall buildings, but he did gorge
    the bucket chicken while a blonde and a redhead

    untied the apparatus and introduced a line
    of synthetic superior valve oils: large piston clearance,

    low brass and rust-inhibition. Foamy black tar
    in a clarinet case. Inhibition. Heroin. Rain.

    Roil. Roast. Brain. Noir. Beat. Crump. Vamp. Doom.
    I began dissipating as early as 1932, when I was only twelve.

    reprinted with permission by Sean Singer

  • Poetry Month: Ras Baraka - "Walk On, Black Woman, Walk On"

    October 13, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO joins the celebration!

    Ras Baraka
    Ras Baraka

    Throughout the month we'll present poems at wbgo.org/poetry as well as highlight on our airwaves some of the many recordings featuring the intersection of jazz and poetry.

    As part of an opening ceremony to kick off Newark Poetry Month, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka read his own poem, entitled "Walk On." It is dedicated to his sister, mother, Newark Poet Eddie Mae Livingston and African Women in general.

    Listen to that poem here:

  • Drummer Michael Carvin On "Flash Forward": Listen Now

    October 13, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Drummer Michael Carvin talks with Gary Walker about "Flash Forward," his group's new Motema CD. Carvin performs at Newark Symphony Hall Oct. 18th at 12:30 p.m. as part of WBGO's Kids Jazz concert series, and will celebrate his 70th birthday at New York's Kitano on Dec. 12. Enjoy!

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