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“I’ll take Manhattan.”   Central Park in early spring (April 22, 2014) by Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net

 



By Paul Goldfinger, Poetry editor @ Blogfinger.net.   Re-post from March, 2018.

 


This song is dedicated to those New York poets who enhance our e-pages with their art.  Charles Pierre and George Held often reference New York City in their poetry.

Both of them have sent us offerings set in early spring as crocuses emerge from the snow and as a poet finds nocturnal inspiration in a City park,  but I am waiting till all the nor’easters fly with the birds to other locales.

I try to make the reality of life provide a backdrop for their work when it is presented on Blogfinger.

Coming up soon  (Oct. 29,  2020) is a Charles Pierre poem for the 8th anniversary of super-storm Sandy.

The song below, sung by 5 time Grammy nominee jazz singer Karrin Allison from her album Collage,  was written by jazz bassist and songwriter Jay Leonhart.  I believe Jay is the bassist on this recording.

I have heard Jay perform live  on a number of occasions, and he is known for singing his original and funny songs while playing his upright bass. Sometime he works alone—singing while accompanying himself.

Jay Leonhart has played bass with all the greats, including Sinatra, Gerry Mulligan, Marian McPartland, Tony Bennett and so many others.

 


I suspect our BF poets will enjoy this song called  “Robert Frost.”  It’s wonderful!

 


 

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Hi Paul:

About 12 years ago, I was walking on the shore at Ocean Grove early in the morning, when I saw something in the surf nearby that gave me an insight into my work. Here is “Whirl of Hunger,” from my 2008 poetry collection, Father of Water.

Best wishes,
Charles Pierre

The Great Falls. Paterson, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger c. 2013. ©

The Great Falls. Paterson, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger c. 2013. ©  Click to seek “the shapes that sustain” the  poet.

 

Whirl of Hunger

By Charles Pierre

 

Just as a gull dips its wing

to a sudden rush of wind

and pivots on the whitecap,

extending its open beak to some

bit of the sea’s sustenance,

 

so I hover within this poem,

balanced only on a salt gust,

turning in a whirl of hunger,

as I stretch to the wave-tip

for the shapes that sustain me.

 

BILL FRISELL   “The Shadow of Your Smile”

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Asbury Park, NJ. June, 2016.  For Charles Pierre, a man of well ordered words who has us on his reading list.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Asbury Park, NJ. June, 2016. For Charles Pierre, a man of well ordered words who has us on his reading list. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to make it rhyme.

From Charles Pierre, a fine poet from New York City who loves to visit Ocean Grove.  He uttered these words today in the Grove, and none of it rhymes!

“When I get up in the morning, I turn on my computer and visit three websites:  Facebook. the New York Times, and Blogfinger.” 

Here’s a song that Charles Pierre will like, because he also notices sounds and sights that others might miss:

MAX RAABE and the Das Palest Orchester  (Live at Carnegie Hall 2007)

 

 

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