20
Apr
17

3 Poems

2002

THE POET FINDS HIS ACTRESS

“God,” he gulped, tearing down his pants, “I wanna be the third of your
five husbands-the one…”

“Oh! Honey! Yes! You!” She opened in love, in trust, beneath him. “The
one who makes the funeral arrangements!”


LOOP

Give me a beer!” Tom who wants to be a painter said, coming in and
pounding his fist on the good wood of the bar.

“It’s done man. We’re doing it. We’re doing the divorce. Two fucking
years. I feel sentient and lean for the first time in a year and ten
months.

“Now I need to find me a girl and get down to work.”


KARL REMATERIALIZING

Lately, on the street, at the bank, I’ve been seeing guys who look like
Karl—two last week and then, today, another one.

He must be coming home soon.

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Books by Robert Levin

When Pacino’s Hot, I’m Hot
The Drill Press LLC
Reviews

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Music & Politics
by John Sinclair and Robert Levin
World Publishing

“Robert Levin’s articles…make up the second half of Music and Politics, and they’re something else again. He’s a quietly briliant writer (not flashy but subtly dazzling) who knows jazz extremely well and who knows how to let us know what he knows. His piece on Sunny Murray says more about the birth of the New Jazz than most writers could say in a volume; the Anthony Braxton interview is one of the freshest, most reassuring articles on the future of music (of the arts in general) that I’ve read; his ‘found critique’ of ‘Space’ by the MJQ, which contrasts Murray’s thoughts on music at the White House with President Nixon’s introduction of the MJQ in that very place, is brilliant; his piece on the unfortunate evolution of Willis Jackson…is a minor masterpiece; and he’s lucid and painful and thoroughly correct when he writes that ‘What is meant by ‘every man has his price’ is that every man has his uncertainty about the validity and sanity of his perception of the truth. To ‘sell out’ is to capitulate to that uncertainty.'”
—Colman Andrews, Creem

giants
Giants of Black Music
Edited by Pauline Rivelli and Robert Levin, with a foreword by Nat Hentoff
Da Capo Press

Music & Politics and Giants of Black Music are no longer in print, but remain available from Amazon.com and other outlets.

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