Sep. 17th, 2011

Scott

Sep. 17th, 2011 11:15 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
Today I went to Scott Wannberg's memorial at Beyond Baroque in Venice. The place was packed with Scott's friends and family. Scott was loved by so many people. Among those who spoke today were Exene Cervenka, John Doe and Wanda Coleman. People read from Scott's new book of poems, Tomorrow Is Another Song (Perceval Press), which was about to come out when he passed away. Poet S.A. Griffin, one of Scott's closest friends, read a poem from the new book, "The Dancer Steps Forward," about William Carlos Williams. The poem concludes:

There is a music in the American idiom,
he says,
and wipes his face for the last time,
and begins to think about going up to bed.
Tomorrow is another song.
Tomorrow will be other patients and
words to discover and stories behind such words
that illuminate.

The game, after all
is one of discovery.
The day you stop finding out things
is the day
you might as well
turn yourself in for good.

He slowly makes his way upstairs to
his beloved Flossie.
There is a music here.
All you have to do is believe,
and the rest
is just
some history of
song
and love.

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