The Hatcheck Girl

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Tony Whedons new book The Hatcheck Girl vividly describes border crossings where language, culture and states of consciousness collide. In these richly layered poems about jazz most of the musicians we meet are sidemen: few are famous, most are notorious. Theyre united, as he says in his opening poem The Tradition of the New, by their devotion to the music and by their appetite for a note, a phrase to make it new ...over and over. Whedon is a poet of historical juxtaposition: in The Peacocks we meet both trumpet player Chet ...

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