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EILEEN KAUFMAN 


Eileen and Bob Kaufman © photograph
Fairfax, Caliornia, Spring 1974


Photo:Alix coutesy of Eileen Kaufman
from Women of the Beat Generation by Brenda Knight 1996

From Beatitude Vol. 2, 1992
Publisher: EILEEN KAUFMAN -
The Bob Kaufman Foundation for Living Poetry
Editor: Michele Marie Boleyn.

ODE TO COLTRANE

Wind swept hills and rain scattering its fragile
                               blossoms
Autumn fraught with unanswered questions-
    disturbing wonderings    and muffled death...
Into this void    -Coltrane leaves his distictive
            heritage   -black suffering - nubian
          trance - musing - darkened flight of
     miracles painting wings across the ceilings
                                of the mind...
     Cheerless notes lift stranded in spirit
  time - waiting for another voice to read
              their meaning - hopelessly-
Coltrane lived - and now - like Bird or Pres -
           only discs speak the chill reality
         Thru multi-rock-jazz-fusion-
       we hear again Trane's silver-fingered
                                throat
                Alas, without his soul-
          Our need grows great to hear again your
musk      -scented jasmine tones of love and anger
           we heard      -live in jazz starred sessions
                        in -indigo scenes

                      We miss you , John.
                 We need you now to - to
                      give joy and meaning
                                 to our
                                           - lives

Eileen Kaufman © U.S.A.
                             ibiza 1968
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