Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gioia Libre



image borrowed from bing


"I can tell whether a person can play just
by the way he stands."--Miles Davis

Gioia Libre
jazz
is the ear
spice, the todDy,
the perFect pal,
pierCing
the glazed
gloom.
napPing riPariAn
beFore
conStrucTing a cairn
witHin
my own husk.
most jazz goes down hot,
scalDing
as it transForms
our aura,
our sphere.
free
floaTing
muSic, 
seeMingLy just
ranDom
notes, lanDing
midShips
and
cenTer
         chest
                 beTween
                             naVel 
                                     and
                                          nose
stirRing
         soul,
               sparKing
                            love
                                 pelLets,
shatTering maLaise
as
dadDy jazz
forms
the dart
striKing heaVy 
hearts,
pouRing_viBrant
hues, steaMing stanZas
inTo
the warp and weave
of life.
Glenn Buttkus
May 2012

Posted over on dVerse Poets-FFA

Would you like to hear the author read this poem to you?

15 comments:

Laurie Kolp said...

Very interesting, Glenn. Which form did you start with? I'm not real sure what all the caps in the middle of the words mean...

Glenn Buttkus said...

Simplcity itself, Laurie, the Caps are the Syllabic breaks for the well hidden 8 haiku.

Natasha Head said...

Okay...I'm headed to youtube...gonna build a play list based on this write. Prompt be damned! ;) Awesome, Glenn...seriously!

Steve Piper said...

Just like good jazz, this is incredibly creative, and both hot and smooth in the same work. Ladies and Gents, we have a winner!

Brian Miller said...

ah nice job on the use of caps to break this up glenn...i was looking for hidden words at first....love me some smooth jazz too man....great stuff man...

S.E.Ingraham said...

whoa ho ho - I didn't pass go, I did not collect $200, I just went right ahead and listened to you read the thang ... and it was beeyooteefull ...All kidding aside Glenn, it was jazz on paper and in the voice and I loved it - you are so clever to read your work aloud especially when you have a voice like warm honey ... very, very nice.

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henry clemmons said...

Love to hear a poem read, to fee; its passion. I love jazz too and you make me hot for the weekend when I can free verse of a dif kind. Excellente write and capture of the spirit and being of jazz.
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Corbie Sinclair said...

@GlennButtkus well done on your poem. I tried to leave a comment but for some reason it didn't work....

Beachanny said...

Free verse yielding free music. The words jazz down the page packing rhythm, alliterations, and sounds in a cascading counterpoint.

rosemary mint said...

I find the caps distracting but love the sound, rhythm, visual appeal, and word choices.

The two stair-step stanzas make me very happy. But S1 is definitely my fave.

Love that Davis quote. Beautiful title.

Liquid Jazz. Now that is a hot drink order.

aprille said...

Beautifully read and wonderfully wild presentation of a sober, serious, soothing, and at the same time, zenlike as well as stirring whole. Went through it with you three times, with the air- conditioning off to be able to savour every note.

Doug Palmer said...

Way cool. Fun to read out loud. Go good with bass and drums.

Virginia said...

A big fan of jazz--loved the Miles Davis quotation too---favorite lines "most jazz goes down hot, scalding as it transforms" And what better topic for a poem that is a liberated form. Excellent--

Semaphore said...

Glenn, you have outdone yourself with this one! Well-hidden forms indeed! But the other idea to impress upon the poem the rhythms, the syncopations of jazz - that was inspired, and raised the level of this writing to something admirable. Excellent!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Loved the reading!