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CITY NIGHT A cold night and the pavement is gray cold. Chilled watei cascades in miniature flows from aged fountains. Warm neon names and words glow en store and nightclub fronts. Nightwind dips into city streets, scattering newspapers candy wrappers empty cigaret packs, lifting unwary hats, stifling flying sparks of cigarets, making lips cold and dry that cannot live again without those of the lover to warm them, defining the body-mold beneath a woman ' s dress, bringing white-cold vapor from the nostrils, mouth. This is the winter song of the nightwind untamed by ' .he city. Open the door to a cabaret and a burst of sound breaks the night-silence. The air is giday with beer odor and cigaret smoke. Hot jazz notes tumble through the air rise and fall from a long sleek clarinet from eighty-eight black and white keys rippling and bellowing under the hands of a darkskinned man with bulbous eyes, venous forehead; hands that seduce a piano hands that induce it to breathe music hot and African; a tenor saxophone with a soul mellow, silver-toned, naked; a trumpet with its rich flambuoyancy blue plaintive call; a bass fiddle, deep and southern; the staccato heartbeat of drums descendants of tomtoms. This is Psyche of the cabaret this group of jazzmen this Congo combo. This is the soul of music moderne free, unrepressed, unorthodox, but born and bred in New Orleans and Chicago fired with life in the USA one of the pujsating arteries of American art devoid of restraint, breathing emotion. This is the story of one city night composite of all city nights; the story of duncing couples closely -woven in sensuous embrace synchronized with music tempo; of men and women drinking, perspiring, shouting laughing, crying maudlin tears; leaving Virtue and Practicability outside in parked cars never inviting them in knowing they would be ashamed of what they saw. Laughter ripples, rolls and thunders in the cabaret but a sadness clings to the dirty white walls and scarred dancefloor and beneath the mask of human flesh and bone there is a sadness. WAR IS HILLS From an infantryman at large I paraphrase Sherman while inching through rain of rocket descent along the pigpen roads bordered with ditches filled with dead and dying men along the dark-singed meadows nauseous with burning man and goat flesh odors in the gutted villages with bodies lying stiff beneath crushed roofs stiff and soulless and around the hills of a serf-nation. I paraphrase Sherman and say " War is hills. " War is the fighting for hills. War is the taking of hills. War is numbered hills nameless except for numbers and endless bald, snowcovered, clad in verdant fire rolling, ragged, rugged bomb-blasted and gunpowder-black sour with gunsmoke pockmarked by mortar shells and heavy with the enemy. I sing an uncontrolled crazy-with-fear song about hills as I crawl toward my numbered objective and in the midst of war I paraphrase Sherman. B L A N HARD
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l HAW.OF FAME
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THE PULSATION OF JAZZ BLANC- HARD
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