At the Iowa City Jazz Festival

I'm a half beat
late, one blue note
after another,
an elegist in parts,
a Mahler of heart
if not, please, sweet
Count Basie.


This poem was selected for the 2012 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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on May 29, 2012

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