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Among The Poetry Stricken

by Clark Coolidge, Thurston Moore

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Some time ago I went to a wild double header at the Poetry Project, Cecil Taylor (reading!) and Clark Coolidge (reading!) and was flibberdenuffed. Clark was first, the opener, and he sat, and with nary an "um" or "ur", read his unending poem of, well not exactly non-sequitur as one may have you think, as the sequiturs were flying and grooving in an early evening NYC bop gate, with some laconic West Coast ghost action interwove thru-"out". It was a packed house and this was a flow of urbane narco beatness and I was TAKEN - books, poems, movies winked and laughed and smoked and it was tuff. Cecil followed entering the room in full on ululation mode and lectured the universe on sound, linguistics and an amused, yet deeply held regard, (possibly!) for architectural terminology. Heavy hit! Clark was living up in New England and had shown up to a free music gig I played with the drummer Randall Colbourne who had lit a joint which I shouldn't have had a hit of becuz I was stooooned, and weirdly eating my soul up live in self-conscious freak out - I was an orange in the closet. Years pass and I am teaching at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder CO and C Coolidge is also on board and we talk JAZZZZZ. We hit the Harry Smith Studio and Ambrose mans the controls with a drumkit that may or may not stay together and ws last used by a coyote and a guitar amp borrowed from awesome Max and we just light UP and get zoned. It's free jazz because it is FREE. Free Poems for Friends. Free Music for Forever. Coolidge Cats and Moore to Come. Free kisses. Stay incredible, my love! Stay free, money is for naked agents with lousy curves. This is yes god. Teacher! Teacher! The dog ate my homework.

Thurston Moore (London) 2020


released April 20, 2020

Drums: Clark Coolidge
Guitar: Thurston Moore
Artwork: George Schneeman
Recorded and Mixed by Max Davies and Ambrose Bye at Fast Speaking Music Boulder/NYC/CDMX
Design and Layout by Natalia Gaia
Produced by Ambrose Bye

With love and thanks to: Susan Coolidge, Katie and Paul Schneeman, Alystyre Julian, Andrea Rexilius, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Toni Oswald, Eva Prinz, Peter Hale, The Committee on Poetry, Anne Waldman and Naropa University


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