Erato’s Love Notes Part 7


Are destined to dwell

In the wake of love

Till death do us part

(so, we

would be best to save

all the bright wonders

of our words to heal

the worlds

of hurt we endure

through blunders of time

until it is dead —


by love).

My Favorite Bands/Groups

My Top 7: Weather Report, Parliament-Funkadelic, Radiohead, Public Enemy, Mandrill, John Coltrane Quartet ’62 – ’65, Miles Davis Quintet ’64 – ’68

Honorable Mentions:
The Police, Return to Forever, Brand New Heavies, De La Soul, The Clash, early Kool & the Gang, Kraftwerk

& the ones people forget:
Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Liquid Liquid
Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band
The Art of Noise
The Young Disciples

Ode to Andres Chaparro Pt. 3

Ode to Andres Chaparro Pt. 2

Ode to Andres Chaparro Pt. 1


“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent…”
— Malcolm X

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.”
— Steve Maraboli

“Simplicity is the best sophistication.”
— Leonardo da Vinci

“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.”
― Sun Tzu

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry.”
– Charles Baudelaire

“It is strange how a scrap of poetry works in the mind and makes the legs move in time to it along the road.”
–Virginia Woolf

“Poetry is stepping into the ring to battle a beast, and the beast is your heart.”
– Leonard Cohen

“Poetry is indeed something divine. It is at once the centre and circumference of knowledge.”
— Shelley

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
— Marcus Aurelius

“It’s not the future that you’re afraid of. It’s repeating the PAST that makes you anxious.”
― Unknown

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
― Henry Ford

“Children are not a distraction from more important work; they are the most important work.”
— C.S. Lewis

“Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.”
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly.”
― Rumi

“Our world exacts a terrible price from its artists.”
— Ralph J. Gleason

“Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you.”
— African Proverb

“Producers of great art are no demigods but fallible human beings, often with neurotic and damaged personalities.”
— Theodore Adorno

“The best readings of art are art.”
— George Steiner.

“She lives the poetry she cannot write.”
— Oscar Wilde

“The enemies of a people are those who keep them in ignorance.”
~ Thomas Sankara

Convergent Compulsions

To elevate (rather
Than escape) the shadow
Of Trane, Elvin played

Like a shaman of Shango
Delivering the thunder

“Like a tidal wave
That never quite breaks, that
Never stops breaking…”
[Quote from Geoff Dyer]

The Truth About Buddy Bolden

“Bolden went crazy,
Because he really blew his
Brains out through the trumpet.”


(According to Jelly Roll Morton, as quoted by Alan Lomax)

Reprise: “The Shadow of Your Smile”

[Urania’s Song] 

Why are my eyes roaming in the moonshadows
of her silhouetted smile as if it was a montage

of her soul being projected as a chromatic fantasy
upon the umbra of the universe
gravitating to everything under the sun?

Why are my thoughts drifting dreamily with all

the colors coming and going yet somewhat slipping away from day, as if they were
the empress of heaven’s old clothes (or lack thereof)

composing the coda of its coming to a close…
only to find it is the reprise of these eyes.

Angel of Harlem

Lady Day, the truth
Still lingers with every new
Earful of “Strange Fruit.”