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Chris Smith: Words & Music

Poem: Miles Davis

(Chris Smith)
Miles Davis was the topic of one chapter in my dissertation, and I've never shaken his influence. One of the great, difficult people in The Music. Published in the Art of Music Annual, 2003.
That slender, violent, poetic, frightening, brilliant night-black man,
with the stance of a boxer,
the grace of a toreador,

and a glare that said
“prove it” &
“show me something new”;

who always heard everything,
yet always heard beyond;

who could hear
past the present,
past the future,

to alternate possibilities,

and the stark, cold, lovely music
on the dark side of the moon.