Foreword / W.S. Merwin -- The Old Record -- Photo of John Coltrane, 1963 -- Ellingtonia -- Silver Gelatin -- Scintillatingly Armstrong -- The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly -- Robert Johnson (the film, the car ride, & the ghost) -- "Musical shape is the memory of movement" -- Who Can Stay the Bottles of Heaven? -- Billie, Later -- Frida Kahlo -- The Fine Satin of the Eureka Brass Band -- Lena Horne and Billy Strayhorn in Her Dressing Room -- But Beautiful -- The Clarinet -- Inside the Keith Jarrett Trio -- Transference of the Blues Dynamism -- Susie Ibarra as a Butterfly -- False Love -- The Garden of Delights -- Singer Finds His Own Name Among the Dead.
"This year's winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Sean Singer's Discography. Playful, experimental, jazz-influenced, the poems in this book delight in sound and approach the more abstract pleasures of music. The poems range widely in form, from broken typographical fields to variants of the sonnet. Similarly, the poet's subjects range widely, but most often he writes about music and musicians. Series judge W.S. Merwin praises Singer for his "roving demands upon his language" and "the quick-changes of his invention in search of some provisional rightness.""--Jacket.