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B.Z. Nitich

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXILED FOR JAZZ

 

 

 

The military

exile the thirst

for freedom and jazz

remembering

your twenty first  birthday

in a fervor

of fevered expression

yet you suffer

working on islands

from life's painful images

amid political repression

your language amazes

as you write in silence

from the notes you play

on a a historical scale

survive on riffs.

NEW YORK CITY 1989

 

 

 

With the romantic

gone

here in the French

underground

once again

playing jazz

to a melody of Mahler

and Rameau

before a French mirror

doubled up

for Mallarme,

the wind

has Paris icicles

for us

in the restaurant

we murder croissants

by the portmanteau movies

of Spanish refugees

seeing bridal angels

of Chagall and Picasso

of our passing.

 

B.Z. Njtich is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher. 

 

His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art, The Literary Review, Denver Quarterly,  Hawaii Review, Le Guepard (France), Kadmos (France), Prism International, Jejune (Czech Republic), Leopold Bloom (Budapest), Antioch Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others.  

 

He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.