AUDIO: Jazz and Poetry
"What You Might Hear" by Lauren Camp
When I realized I could make mistakes . . .
I decided I was really on to something.
— Ornette Coleman
You can tell by the rumble of tall incantations
that he has secured sound into a model of mingling
symbols and masterful spells.
Listen for the riddle
inverted in rhythm, and you will want answers.
If you want answers, you must haul the questions
behind you for a long time like a bum or a bag lady
until the music starts up again, faulty and brooding.
If what you hear
slips suddenly into symmetry,
remember that silence travels sideways, that it is
careless and quirky, an omission of space.
The jangle and wriggle are courtly: laughing and lisping
rhetorical notes as he rambles, rapidly changing the
timing to truth.
His horn, that pliable prophet of conduct, offers its
sequence of agony, exodus,
the fanatical fancy of finding devotion.
If you cannot respond,
he has proven his point,
the rate of the measure, his sounds wrenched in error.
Where he got them won't matter.
If the beat turns colors, it will also get louder,
lumber forward, limp and leap. If you look closely,
you will see his orange heart like a moon.
He may offer a cure
If he offers you meaning, accept.
Table of Contents
- Duo Duo’s acceptance speech and biographical profile
- Duo Duo new poems, trans. Yibing Huang
- Michelle Yeh, “Monologue of a Stormy Soul: Duo Duo, 1972–88"
- Yibing Huang, "Duo Duo: Master of Wishful Thinking"
SPECIAL SECTION: Jazz Poetry
Guest edited by Lauren Camp
- Introductory essay by Lauren Camp: "What's in the Notes: The Sound of Jazz in Poetry"
- Poetry from Lauren Camp: “Thelonious Monk on a Subway” and “What You Might Hear” plus web exclusive audio clips
- Virgil Suárez (Cuba/US): “Latin Jazz on the Go in Havana”
- Adrian Matejka (Germany/US): “Behind the Yashmak"
- Nii Parkes (Ghana/Great Britain): “Our Love Is Here to Stay” & “Hymn"
- Virgil Mihaiu (Romania; tr. Adam Sorkin): “Finesse de Brasil," “Universal Canticle,” and a web exclusive concert recording.
- Author Profile: E.C. Osondu (Nigeria)
- City Profile: Seoul, South Korea
- First Words: Luma Sarhan, “Approaching Zainab”
- WLT Online Bookclub: The United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi
- New books: recent translations
CRIME & MYSTERY
- J. Madison Davis, “Scarface Al and His Pals”
- Romeo Çollaku (Albania), Two poems, tr. Peter Constantine
- Stuart Friebert (US), “Good Leg Up, Bad Leg Down"
- Jan Wagner (Germany) Two poems, tr. Chenxin Jiang
Q&A: WLT INTERVIEWS
- Erwin Koch (Switzerland) by John K. Cox
- Adrianne Kalfopoulou (Greece/US), “Ruin”
Web Exclusive: PHOTO GALLERY: Athens Street Art
- Web Exclusive: "But It Was Beautiful" by Erwin Koch
- Luay Hamza Abbas (Iraq), “Spit Out What Is in Your Mouth,” tr. Yasmeen Hanoosh
WORLD LITERATURE IN REVIEW
OUTPOSTS: Literary Events & Landmarks