“April” by Ralph Waldo Emerson


As we near the end of National Poetry Month, here’s another beautiful poetic meditation on the season, this time by Ralph Waldo Emerson.Image


The April winds are magical
And thrill our tuneful frames;
The garden walks are passional
To bachelors and dames.
The hedge is gemmed with diamonds,
The air with Cupids full,
The cobweb clues of Rosamond
Guide lovers to the pool.
Each dimple in the water,
Each leaf that shades the rock
Can cozen, pique and flatter,
Can parley and provoke.
Goodfellow, Puck and goblins,
Know more than any book.
Down with your doleful problems,
And court the sunny brook.
The south-winds are quick-witted,
The schools are sad and slow,
The masters quite omitted
The lore we care to know.



The jazz poetry connection…

The jazz poetry connection…

This entry on NPR’s great “A Blog Supreme” gives several examples of musician-poet collaborations. Poetry is closer to music and speech than prose in my opinion. Yusef Komunyakaa is probably my favorite “jazz inspired” poet. I dig the track with Amiri Baraka and David Murray here.