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Callaloo 25.1 (2002) 95

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Miles Davis

Fred Moten


one of the great motherfuckers asked me
he refused. pinched. girl. not not
a word to say at the end
two eights and a couple two
beauties reaching an ability
trying to be peonies stopping at
the midday of your day. the preacher
aunt ruth my beautiful grandfather
back through the pines like he was
fresh intricate mute mutation


the sender comes rise
to meet the air
air wrapped in leaves
the long river
"savannah" and "long wave."

the music is between walls
the breathing sender rose
between walls of brass wall
of heavy wind gil, paul, stones.


jeanne. miles


Fred Moten teaches in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of theArts, New York University. He has published several essays on black music, literature, and politics, and a chapbook of poems called Arkansas (Pressed Wafer Press, 2000).



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