Johnny Hodges, by Jonathan K. Rice

Jonathan K. Rice

His pencil-moustached embouchure
wrapped around the mouthpiece.

The reed vibrated just right
at his effortless breath

that gave life to Things
Ain’t What They Used To Be.

I can smell the cork grease,
pads and spit:

that sweet jazz saliva
lubricating arpeggios

as his fingers dance
vertically across the brass.

My turntable spins the Duke
across my living room.

Bio: Jonathan K. Rice is editor and publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal. He is the author of a chapbook, Shooting Pool With A Cellist (Main Street Rag, 2003) and a full-length collection,
Ukulele and Other Poems (Main Street Rag, 2006). He has been a longtime host of poetry readings in Charlotte, NC, where he lives. He is a recipient of the 2012 Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award. Jonathan is also a visual artist represented by MoNA (Museum of Neighborhood Art) formerly known as Plaza Muse in Charlotte, NC.

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