Randy Stark

Street Scene

THE SEÑORITA HAS CAME OUTSIDE   Look at those kicks.   I’VE HEARD ABOUT HER   And I’ve heard about the restraining order.   MARKINGS ON THE ASPHALT   The water guys went through. They’re trying to find that leak.   OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN   Or current resident.   HOW MANY   …

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Duke Ellington

It reminded me of Duke Ellington, and Murray Kempton’s piece from the October 21, 1993 issue of the New York Review of Books, when I read that Johann Sebastian Bach had “a band of 18 trained musicians placed at his disposal” by whatever patron he had at the time, whoever’s court he was at while …

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For Three

Green chiles, red tomatoes, yellow onions. Linkages, partnerships and collaborations. Norteno, banda, ranchero. Stand, delivery, market. Arrest, penalties, prison. Cottonwood, willow, sycamore. Stream or sync or swim. Call, click, or scan. Apples, peppers and honey. Queer assault, active shooter, child abuse. “Trills, quavers and breves.” Panga, proa, canoe. Doorbuster sales, border clashes, licensed agents. Single …

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