Thursday, April 22, 2010

for charles "buddy" bolden (20)

for charles “buddy” bolden
(1877 – 1931)

a kwansaba
king buddy rose from new orlean’s pelvic
floor, part real, part myth, playing in
perdido -- the dives & tonks. his rhythm
drive, the power of his tone took
second to the madness of his ragtime --
a manic gabriel who blew his horn
when the blues came home to roost.

© Joseph McNair; 2010

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