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Bob MacKenzie 1947 (New Westminster)

jazz fingers dance across the keys
in pas de deux and playful pirouettes
leap high in spinning dervish whirls
drop to hiphop backspin breakdance
street beats bop the blues become
kickdancing Cossacks flung airborne
arms outspread in joy drop to knees
slide glissando across white tiles
rise en pointe poetic music box slow
channel Chopin Gershwin Jerry Lee
rock steady beat goes on and on
and on the keys jazz fingers dance

About this poem

This jazz poem was first published in the anthology "Building Community" (CAA-NCR, 2021) after placing second in the Canadian Authors Association's 34th Annual National Capital Writing Contest. The poem meant to be performed out loud, plays with the diverse sounds and rhythms of modern jazz.

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Written on October 19, 2019

Submitted by bob_7 on January 27, 2022

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Bob MacKenzie

Canadian poet Bob MacKenzie grew up with artist parents. His father was a professional photographer and musician and his mother a photo technician, colourist, and painter. By a very young age, he had developed a natural affinity for photography and for the intricacies of language. MacKenzie's body of work includes numerous award-winning poems and stories. more…

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  • Soulwriter
    I feel the rhythm in the words
    LikeReplyReport3 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    We all love to rock, a little shake and roll, keeping time with the music ! A little toe tapping for the prude, a song in our heart makes us glad ! A gate crasher of a poem ! Brash and loud, like it or leave it ! 
    LikeReplyReport 13 months ago


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