James Emanuel

(1921-2013 / Alliance, Nebraska)

Jazzanatomy - Poem by James Emanuel

snails, jails, rails, tails, males, females,
snow-white    &nb sp; cotton bales.

Knee-bone, thigh, hip-bone.
Jazz slips you percussion bone
classified "unknown."

Slick lizard rhythms,
cigar-smoke tunes, straight-gin sky
laced with double moons.

Second-chance rhythms,
don't-give-up riffs: jazz gets HIGH
off can'ts, buts, and ifs.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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