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Tincture of Jazz By Steve Edwards
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I have a suspicion that every poet writes with a piece of music hovering just below consciousness - but don't quote me on that. Okay, so why jazz? I like the way jazz manages to combine the... More > emotional nuances of the blues with the technical challenges of the classics and the impudent gutsiness of the rock 'n roll that would emerge from it. At the same time, it had a toughness that has resulted in its persistence as a discrete style appealing to a discerning audience - for most of a century. I think of these poems as tinged with some of the qualities of jazz: melancholia and sadness, exuberance and joy, complexity and simplicity, abstraction and madness, worship and despair - and even just silliness. These lyrical poems span 1975 to 1998, with a corresponding range of maturity and skill. They are not in historical order. They were born of despair and joy and fear and quiet realisation. They're not meant to be clever - just honest. I hope they bring you pleasure.< Less

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Our World Our World By Deleah Payne
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