Bill Evans on Kind of Blue by Jack. B. Bedell - Twist in Time Literary Magazine
Bill Evans on Kind of Blue The melody off Evans’ keys grows underneath the hornslike a python in a Florida marsh, the notes easy to catch,all prey without trees to climb. His hands feed in the horns’shadows. Cymbals and snare scurry away as he slidesthrough these tunes. Reeds take flight any time his lineflicks near their feet. And always the glow of the trumpetrains down on everything in warm bursts, sometimesa bath, sometimes a wave covering miles of undergrowthin its smooth wail, its long dawn, while this hunt below just glides along. ____________________________________________________________ Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), Revenant (Blue Horse Press, 2016), and No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, fall 2018). Currently, he has been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.