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James A. Emanuel

snails, jails, rails, tails, males, females,
snow-white      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.


Y a du jazz PARTOUT :
chez veau, vache, cochon, couvée,
blanche-neige et coton.

Genou, cuisse et hanche.
Le jazz te secoue, te branche.
Mais, dis, ça vient d'où ?

Peinard, lézard, cool,
dans la fumée des cigares ;
gin dans la lune saoule.

Rythmes qu'on rattrape,
riffs à bout de souffle : le jazz
PLANE quand ça dérape.

Translation by Jean Migrenne

Added: 9 Jun 2002 | Last Read: 5 Mar 2021 1:53 AM | Viewed: 5472 times

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