The John Coltrane Poem
A Love Supreme
(I lay in solitary confinement, July 67
Tanks rolling thru Newark
& whistled all I knew of Trane
my knowledge heartbeat
& he was dead
-- Amiri Baraka
you tuck the roots in the earth,
turn back, and move
by river through the swamps
singing: a love supreme, a love supreme;
what does it all mean?
-- Michael S. Harper
September 15, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama. Less than three weeks prior to that Sunday, the Civil Rights Movement had been energized by the triumphant March on Washington, and, still nurtured by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of equality, hundreds of African-Americans filled the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where they had congregated before to organize protests. No one paid much attention to Robert Edward Chambliss, known as "Dynamite Bob" to his fellow Klansmen, who people later remembered had been loitering near the church. Shortly after ten in the
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Publication information: Book title: Jazz Poetry:From the 1920s to the Present. Contributors: Sascha Feinstein - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 115.
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