Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Desert Song

Her voice is a rustling of branches
as she begins the conversation. Her theme:
the expansion of the deserts and their relation to the receding
glaciation of the planet. "The end of an era!" she sighs. "Like
Charlie “Bird” Parker's last recorded solo (a bone of contention

throughout the ranks of the jazzerati):
dry tones, ironic and cynical, accumulate into ripples
of pentatonic half-shades, building up into
arid wind-blown dunes of languorous sound,
expanding and dissolving,

like mini ice-caps in a Singapore Sling..."

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