from Song of the Andoumboulou: 44

from Song of the Andoumboulou: 44
Splay Anthem, Nathaniel Mackey
It was night nowhere near where
we were. Eyes popped, no one saw
            me... I bit my reed, it was a black
            bone...             All I wanted was to
walk with an ushering wind at
      each elbow, a bead of blood
  poised on the bell of the horn’s
lip...  The world was only a dream I
   dreamt at a stoplight in San Francisco,
   Valencia just up the block,
  me alive
Nathaniel Mackey

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