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Book of the Week: Jazztronaut

verbeke_jazztronautcoverGeert Verbeke has been plying the haiku waters for several decades now, and has published many chapbooks of his work, several of them arranged in themes, as this one (Empty Sky, 2012) which also incorporates another of his loves, jazz. He subtitles this work “A tanka tribute to Miles Davis,” and it is redolent with a music of its own, not only jazz but salsa and big band, with a touch of blues.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.


the photographer struts with the band thinking in black and white the sousaphone hums sparingly echoes between the houses
in the morning light he practises a few chords a lot of Coltrane but also frequently songs by Emmylou Harris
Grandpa winks only good is not good enough having a drink he shuts the piano with a slap Monk is on the radio
the usual finicking or is it a sense of vulnerability with sensitive notes as his playmates
drum majorettes march in front of the brass band with sexy legs and pretty bottoms but completely out of time
so peaceful with a sense for meditation in his sweat hut the flavoured smoke and his scat singing

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