Sunday, August 14, 2016

A.J. Huffman's "Souvenirs of Music" and "Final Movement"

Photograph by John Spade

Tonight I'd like to welcome poet, editor, and publisher A.J. Huffman back to The Song Is...  Enjoy her concise, gem-like poems!

Souvenirs of Music

a trailing whisper
a ribbon of melody
the ancient rhythmic poundings
of a soul’s twilight mood

a moon’s spotlight
two sips of mellow wine
the heavenly breath of fire
flames giving way to the sky

Final Movement

            after Moonlight Sonata by Vladimir Kush

Constellations crawl like cosmic cockroaches
across an empty sky.  My mind reads their trails
as music, moves to the backward rhythm
of their percussionless drum.  I am the only stick
in this particular beating.  I echo in pulses, losing light
years in the reflection of a blink.  This world has shed
me like a tear, crystal and liquid, but unnecessary as air.

A.J. Huffman has published thirteen full-length poetry collections, fourteen solo poetry chapbooks and one joint poetry chapbook through various small presses.  Her most recent releases, Degeneration (Pink Girl Ink), A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press), and Familiar Illusions (Flutter Press) are now available from their respective publishers.  She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2500 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, The Bookends Review, Bone Orchard, Corvus Review, EgoPHobia, and Kritya.  She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.

As it turns out, Mr. Kush is a painter, not a composer:

Here is the first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" for those of you who were expecting this piece:

Let's also include a version of Debussy's "Clair de Lune":

I'll finish with two more pieces.  The first is Marcus Miller's version of "Moonlight Sonata":

The second is Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's "Moonlight in Vermont":

1 comment:

  1. What a treat tonight to sit here and read A.J.'s poetry, listen to music I know so can kind of hear--re-read the poems and blend the two. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thank you Marianne and A.J.