Five Branch Tree

  • Poem Beginning with a Line by Milosz
    --Mark Irwin 
    ?The most beautiful bodies are like transparent glass.?
    They are bodies of the selfless or of those newly
    dead. What appears transparent is really flame
    burning so brightly it appears like glass. What
    you?re looking through is the act of giving: One
    thing in life needed desperately, given to another,
    or perhaps life itself. The most beautiful bodies
    are not transparent, but sometimes the color
    of lead, like the elephant whom a child with some
    peanuts lifts by the trunk in his hand in the swirling
    dust, so that it appears he has lifted a monument
    or a city with all its pain. The bodies that seem
    transparent are made of an ice so pure it appears
    to be glass sweating, where you, desiring another,
    glimpse your own face that weighs nothing and is burning.

    [via poetryfoundation]

  • I asked the novelist Haruki Murakami, who once owned a jazz club, why Cool Struttin? is so popular in Japan. He attributed it to the rise of the ?jazz kissa? (jazz coffee shops) in the 1960s. ?The popularity of Cool Struttin? was not driven by professional critics or by sales,? wrote Murakami by e-mail, ?but instead by youths who didn?t have enough money to buy vinyl records, so they went to coffee shops to hear jazz on the house record player. This was a phenomenon particular to Japan, or at last very different from America.? Clark?s buoyant blues fit the underground mood of Japan?s postwar youth. It didn?t hurt that his tragic life made him an unconventional, forlorn icon, too. 
    The symbols that frequently come up in Japanese writing to describe Clark?s music are ?? , pronounced ?aishu.? As often is the case with Japanese aesthetic terms, there isn?t a direct English translation of the phrase. The first symbol can be read as kana-shi-I  (???)  or a-wa-re (??). The former means moving, sad, and melancholy. The latter can mean compassion, compassion-inducing, sympathetic, and touching. The symbol is made up of ?, which means clothing or an outside covering, and ?, which means mouth. These symbols together mean covering, suppressing, or muffling an expression of feelings. The second symbol is usually read as ure-eru (???) , which means to feel lonely, to lament. It?s made up of the symbols ?, which means autumn, and ?, which means heart. In the fall, everything contracts, or tightens, such as trees and plants. Therefore, the symbol ? means the contracting or tightening of the heart and expresses a mysterious atmosphere of pathos and sorrow. Perhaps the Japanese cultural embrace of extremes gives that country an advantage in appreciating somebody like Clark, who blended extremes as beautifully as anybody ever has on piano.

  • [ Deep in a Dream ; Sonny Clark (1961) ]

    p- Sonny Clark
    s- Ike Quebec
    t- Tommy Turrentine
    b- Butch Warren
    d- Billy Higgins

  •  [ La Vie ; Pablo Picasso (1903) ].........................

    in blue without when blues dream bears
    the only living girls are gold
    quickly the living boys will bring them stars
    and stars will sing them bells 
    in bells without when bells dream blooms
    the only living boys are brave
    quickly the living girls will bring them dooms
    and dooms will praise their love 
    ........-- José García Villa

  • I have observed pink monks eating blue raisins.
    And I have observed blue monks eating pink raisins.
    Studiously have I observed. 
    Now this is the way a pink monk eats a blue raisin:
    Pink is he and it is blue and the pink
    swallows the blue. I swear this is true. 
    And the way a blue monk eats a pink raisin is this:
    Blue is he and it is pink and the blue
    swallows the pink. And this is also truth. 
    Indeed I have observed and myself have partaken
    of blue and pink raisins. But my joy was different:
    My joy was to see the blue and the pink counterpointing. 
    ......--José Garcia Villa