albert ayler's ghosts

albert ayler’s ghosts
by ramakrishnan parthasarathy

for want of an appropriate
suicide note so many die
and my body signals with its stench
turning blue like beaten tulips
whose colour I am ignorant of
and tearing apart space to create time
idiomatic free jazz
fucking political blowing session
bad connecting essays

(we are stars and there is the sun
cowardly blowing himself up)
with swollen eyes
slovenly attire
dusty boots bromohidrosis
spiritual river
and cirrhosis of the mind.

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  1. Wilk:
    Albert Ayler (July 13, 1936 – November 1970) was an American avant-garde jazz saxophonist, singer and composer.
    Ayler was among the most primal of the free jazz musicians of the 1960s; critic John Litweiler wrote that “never before or since has there been such naked aggression in jazz” [1] He possessed a deep blistering tone—achieved by using the stiff plastic Fibrecane no. 4 reeds [2] on his tenor saxophone—and used a broad, pathos-filled vibrato.
    Ayler disappeared on November 5, 1970, and he was found dead in New York City’s East River on November 25, a presumed suicide. For some time afterwards, rumors circulated that Ayler had been murdered, possibly due to his involvement in the black power movement.[citation needed]. Later, however, Parks would say that Albert had been depressed and feeling guilty, blaming himself for his brother’s problems. She stated that, just before his death, he had several times threatened to kill himself, smashed one of his saxophones over their television set after she tried to dissuade him, then took the Statue of Liberty ferry and jumped off as it neared Liberty Island. [11] He is buried in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Poem cuts down into me. There is many a tragedy uncovering the secrets of beauty. Which is why society needs free psychotherapy. Good one, Ramakrishnan!

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