Winter 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1991 |

Lost Fugue for Chet

            CHET Chet Baker, Amsterdam, 1988 A single spot slides the trumpet's flare then stops at that face, the extraordinary ruins thumb-markedwith the hollows of heroin, the rest chiaroscuroed.  Amsterdam, the final gig, canals & countless stone bridges arc, glimmered in lamps. Later this week his Badlands face, handsome in a print from thirty years ago, will follow me from the obituary page insistent as windblown papers by the black cathedral of Saint Nicholas standing closed today: pigeon shit & feathers, posters swathing tarnished doors, a litter of syringes. Junkies cloud the gutted railway station blocks & dealers from doorways call coca, heroina, some throaty foaming harmony. A measured inhalation, again  the sweet embouchure, metallic, wet stem. Ghostly, the horn's improvisations purl & murmur  the narrow strasses of Rosse Buurt, the district rife with purse-snatchers, women alluring, desolate, poised

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