Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 Poetry |

Leonard Brown, Musician/Teacher

I am not used to being screamed atin the upper register 'where Miles couldn't live' wordsmiths are 'lovers of the seams'fit in (on a dime) half measures are over with one of your students we do duetson my crafted dramatic portraitures of players the vocal sets all about 'phrasing' tropesduring and after Slavery 'Now's the Time' on "Alabama" the resonance of four Girls blown upin the Sixteenth Street Church: residence of God on "Reverend King" the music of intentionalsuffering a conscious decision to resist oppression "Cousin Mary" and Trane cygnetsbut making "Giant Steps" to "Dear Lord" "Spiritual" in country versions "Juneteenth"when fighting for freedom is attitude "The Promise" the soprano Miles gave him never out of his mouththe wild prey animal skin tenor case from Gato "play through the pain" of any mouthpiece"Like Sonny" "Blue Trane" a um ni pad me urn the praxis of composition in phrasing worksongs'to improvi

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Michael S. Harper was a poet, scholar, and teacher. His many books of poetry earned him multiple awards including the National Institute of Arts and Letters Creative Writing Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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