ACCOUNT OF MY DAYS

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ABOUT TO SIT DOWN
Stepping out the back door...

KISS HIS EAR
Brown corn bends as...

STALLING OUT
Just by getting enough distance...

PAGE ZERO
my mind's blank wall...

PARTING
words just off...

CRICKETS HESITATE
the night...

FROM AND TO
my first eternity...

IN THIS LITTLE POEM OR WORLD
I mislaid my travel plans the map...

FIELD GUIDE
indigo bunting no words...

untitled
I knew...

I STAY UP LATE
studying to live...

POEM OF EXPOSURE
the tender outcry...

untitled
underground I'll turn to you...

THEFT OF A LINE FROM TATE
I consider it a citizen's duty...

STANDING STILL IN
november...

HOW I TRAPPED THE MURDERER
I left out the part...

PROVERB
he who sleeps a false sleep...

A SUNDAY NIGHT SERMON FOR DAVID BAKER
The first step is to listen,...

I AM PART BUZZARD
my grandmother was a buzzard...

DEAR FUCKHEADS
my head hurts...

TILL IT THAWS
1....

RESOLUTION
I am so glad...

EVENING POEM
in the cellar...

DISTURBANCE
the world is alive...

FLIGHT
the gamblers...

VISIT
Buying toys, the one remaining copy...

STORM
in trouble again...

JUST AFTER DAWN
We sat among the cattle and he asked me ...

INTERPRETATION
Hour begets hour, dream begets dream,...

THE BUZZARD SPEAKS
I am proud...

INTERRUPTION
not knowing what to say...

JOSEPH'S POEM
if you wish to own a fear...

DIS-ORDER
of course...

BLUE MILLION
in the house dark...

untitled
blank pages spit their silence...

BROKEN POEM
life goes through...

AUTOBIOGRAPHY VOL. II
the day before my birth...

MARENGO
the pressure of seasons...

TODAY
awoke in the forest...

A SUNDAY NIGHT SERMON FOR DAVID BAKER


The first step is to listen,
then take half steps to resolve.
Moving outside pure colors,
we get displacement, the surprise
to make music.

Our approach is from below--
density and lack of density,
permissable and desirable
inversions and other choices.
Rootless voicings placed in the left hand
allow for extension, change
of direction.  Delaying arrival, we
ascend and return the same way.

Practicing all the qualities above
our ear is relieved of its burden,
there is recognition of the things we know:
the use of silence, the wheel, something other
than the first beat, what is derived
from the diminished.  The player
should not close his ears.

The line is ending.  Balance restored
by the previous rules, make sure
the line resumes its descent.
Feel time.  Double time.  Listen.
Imitate.  Learn.  Play.  We have
chosen a problem and solved it
by taking it apart.  Back to the origin.
The line is ending.  Restore balance.
The line is ending.


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