I IS FOR:

... how this same Death doth scoff us,Cozening our minds with sweet delusive thoughts,Binding round our temples the glittering crown,Whilst we (short-witted fools) accept the task,Dream but of smiles, look but for golden joys.Now mark the chastisement of our conceits:This regal gem becomes a galling thorn;Treason, and a whole catalogue of illsThat are attendant on … Continue reading I IS FOR:

G IS FOR:

THE LODGING-HOUSEWhen up the fretful creaking stairFrom floor to floorI creepOn tiptoe, lest I wake from their first beauty-sleepThe unknown lodgers, lying layer on layerIn the packed house from roof to basementBehind each landing’s unseen door,The well-known steps are strangely steepAnd the old stairway seems to soar,For my amazementHung in air,Flight on flightThrough pitchy night,Evermore … Continue reading G IS FOR:

F IS FOR:

STONY ACRES Something is gaping like a broken wallIn vacant fields. It must be the heart’s spillage.Yes, they’ve been down and up and down before,These stones. This fresh collapse will take some clearing:Migrant pieces needing to be flung backIn flinty protest; muddy chunks, and brokenTrapezoid wedges broadening to the shapeOf plates or blade bones; wandering … Continue reading F IS FOR:

E IS FOR:

(from ‘THE VILLAGE PATRIARCH’)Here, Enoch, flaunts no more the wild brier rose,Nor basks the lizard here, or harmless snake,No more the broom, in spring, all golden glowsO’er the clear rill that, whimpering through the brake,Heard thy blithe youth the echoing vale awake.All that was lovely then is gloomy now.Then, no strange paths perplexed thee, no … Continue reading E IS FOR:

A SERIOUS BLOW, Part 1

The following tracks cover diverse genres, but all require serious lung power from the soloist(s). Each track features a different instrument – ‘woodwinds’ and ‘brass’ are included, but there are mavericks as well.We begin with the oldest record (not, however, the oldest recording) which I possess. This is a disc on the Columbia label – … Continue reading A SERIOUS BLOW, Part 1