Henry-Music - Henry Crowder

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    Henry-MusicbyHenry Crowder

    Poemsby

    Richard Aldington

    Harold Acton

    Walter Lowenfels

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    Equatorial Way

    Nancy Cunard

    Not yet satisfied

    But I'll be satisfied

    With the days I slaved for Hope,Now I'm cuttin all the ropes

    Gettin in my due of dough

    From ofays that'll miss me so

    GoingGoing where the arrow points due south

    I don't mean your red neck farmsI don't mean your Jim Crow trains

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    Goin' to beat up

    Fear on the octaves

    Tear the crackers limb from limbGoin' to take on each every vengeance

    Drum one blood blasting hymn

    And laugh laugh laugh in the shadows

    Louder'n Death

    I'll be watching him

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    II

    Madrigal

    Richard Aldington

    Oh! by what rite shall I upbraid

    Beauty that will not let me rest?

    What charm shall make to fadeThose cheeks as fragrantly demure as morn

    And quench the perfume of her flowering breast?

    Alll night I waked for lorn I waked for lorn

    Hearkening the lamentation of the rain;But day light brought no slumber to my pain

    no slumber to my pain

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    III

    Creed

    Walter Lowenfels

    When the world goes voodoo and the dog gods win

    I ask my last bone to cache its spirit in a down growing roo

    When souls of all of us are rattled at the portals of kingdomCome save that spirit, bone!

    The people of the U.S.A. have a date with God.

    Give me a witch doctor

    Bury me in a jungle,Beat on my tombs, rain gods.

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    IV

    From the Only Poet to Shining Whore

    Samuel Beckett

    Rahab of the holy battlements,

    bright dripping shaft

    in the bright bright patientpearl-brow dawn-dusk lover of the sun

    Puttanina mia!

    You hid them happy in the high flax,pale before the fords

    ofJordan, and the dry red waters,and you lowered a pledge

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    V

    From Tiresias

    Harold Acton

    Why have I a body and a head

    When it is blind, as good as dead?

    Eyes could not answer when my heart saidSee!

    And I was silent with the world,

    Absent, and always present in the bone,

    Calm as a god and sombrely alone,There was a sword struck through my irises.

    Coplour had long been slainTapping my stick and groping through the hours

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    VI

    Memory Blues

    Nancy Cunard

    Back again between the odds and ends

    Back again between the odds and ends

    What once was gay's now sadwhat was unknown's now friends

    The waiter waits, he'll wait all night

    And when you're tight he'll set you rightBack is to morrow or even yesterday...

    Time plays the piper but what do we pay?

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