Hillman City Haibun 7, Father, Lawns, Bangs, Chickens

Going through Fatherhood a second time, there are many notions that go through my mind on a regular basis. One is what will be my youngest daughter’s earliest memory? I think about dancing in the kitchen to Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, or to the Isley Brothers. I think about her leaning back, mouth open in joy, while on the swing in Lakewood Park, or all the Disney movies she watches, or the engagements I have with her mother, not always pleasant. There are those who believe the first childhood memory does not come until age 7, but I can tell you of events I remember from kindergarten.

I think she is a little bit of a screen addict. So it did not take long when I vacated my chair to see Ella in it to watch what I was watching, one of my favorite musician/composers EVER, Carla Bley with her beau, Steve Swallow playing a composition entitled Lawns.

So if that first memory IS Carla Bley, on some level I have done my work. In a male-dominated profession like Jazz composition, arranging and band leading, Carla Bley is up there with Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Count Basie. She is an original, a creative genius and quite intelligent, the qualities you want in a role model for your kid. 

Ella watches Carla

2.21.15 – Her first memory could be Carla Bley’s Lawns or what hides behind bangs.

2.21.15 – Carla Bley gets ideas for melodies listening to chickens.

About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. https://www.paulenelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)
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5 Responses to Hillman City Haibun 7, Father, Lawns, Bangs, Chickens

  1. wadmin says:

    Dude in San Francisco hit on me once claiming I reminded him of Carla Bley. No doubt Ella will have wonderful memories.

  2. Buffy says:

    I particularly enjoyed seeing Ella’s purely physical response to the work.

  3. Splabman says:

    The way she does sort of a gymnast move?

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