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November 17, 2006

Friday Poem

Filed under: poetry — alecsothblog @ 12:56 am

Thanks to all the wonderful folks who came out tonight in Chicago. I had a blast. Hopefully tomorrow Brian, John and Matt will treat me to some Chicago-style scrambled eggs and whiskey.

Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey
by Hayden Carruth

Scrambled eggs and whiskey
in the false-dawn light. Chicago,
a sweet town, bleak, God knows,
but sweet. Sometimes. And
weren’t we fine tonight?
When Hank set up that limping
treble roll behind me
my horn just growled and I
thought my heart would burst.
And Brad M. pressing with the
soft stick and Joe-Anne
singing low. Here we are now
in the White Tower, leaning
on one another, too tired
to go home. But don’t say a word,
don’t tell a soul, they wouldn’t
understand, they couldn’t, never
in a million years, how fine,
how magnificent we were
in that old club tonight.


  1. Not quite sure about Matt Sibers work. Photography, graphic design, collage? Whats the deal? Interesting though.

    Comment by B. S. Ilkac — November 17, 2006 @ 9:04 am

  2. Has a bit of a 70’s-era Tom Waits edge to it, doesn’t it? Thanks for adding some literature to my Fridays, not to mention images for my eyes!

    Comment by Jordan Husney — November 17, 2006 @ 11:40 am

  3. i was locked outside the door.
    they wouldn’t let us in, so we were forced to leave.
    i hope things went well.
    wish i could have heard.

    Comment by davin — November 17, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

  4. the talk was great. you made me realize i need to concentrate not on being successful but on doing what i want and learning. thanks.

    Comment by tim nurczyk — November 17, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

  5. Just read your blog and I really enjoyed it….

    Comment by Anya — November 18, 2006 @ 6:53 pm

  6. I am glad you had a good time in Chicago.

    Love that you posted a poem from Hayden. He is an amazing poet.

    My Uncle, Richard Kathmann, did the portrait of Hayden on the backcover of SE&W

    Comment by Chris Shields — November 19, 2006 @ 9:45 am

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