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Poetry Critical 2.0

Hey guys, Donald here.

In a few weeks, this site will be 9 years old. 9 years! And I still know some of the earliest submissions by heart.

But, boy. That’s like 102 in web-years. So it’s time for something new. I’m building that something now with my nights-and-weekend minutes (and plenty of coffee). Buy me a cup?

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Random Poem:

The Death of Jazz (ode to Tuba Fats) {revised}
Kusko

Miles and miles
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of obsidian black,
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canary yellow
 3
flamingo pink,
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and violet.
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Of jade green,
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pearly white,
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sea blue,
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and saxaphone gold.
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Men and women
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parading through the streets
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for an old tuba player
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named Fats who
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bought food for the homeless
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even though he
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was starving himself.
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A man
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with legs of jello
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dances around a woman
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with hair of dried corn-husk gold.
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His leg flies up
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and over her head. She stands
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shocked
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and awed as I do
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Watching from the restaurant
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sipping my pina colada
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two friends to my left
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and one to my right,
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my father in a corner
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of the balcony
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waving a white handkerchief
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mortifying me as always
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"When a jazz player dies."  
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Dad speaks, his voice low,
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almost reverent.  "The others come
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to both celebrate and morn
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the life of such fine art. Through
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the streets of old New Orleans.
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Dancing to the tune
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of a life well-played."
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