Elegy with Tuba and Trombone

by Sue Chenette

Sue Chenette, a classical pianist as well as a poet, grew up in northern Wisconsin and has made her home in Toronto since 1972. She is an editor for Brick Books, and the author of Slender Human Weight (Guernica Editions, 2009) and The Bones of His Being (Guernica Editions, 2012) as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award in 2001.

 

for Don Heeren (1940-2014) and  Jerry Abraham (1932-2014)

So many ways to use breath—
flare the tinder   cool the soup

Yours sped to the flared brass
bell gone to sound

Pucker to buzz
through the rimmed cup—

Cup with a throat
and your breath

A song   words
melted back to timbre.

Carmex in your pocket,
for supple chops.

 


Sue Chenette, a classical pianist as well as a poet, grew up in northern Wisconsin and has made her home in Toronto since 1972. She is an editor for Brick Books, and the author of Slender Human Weight (Guernica Editions, 2009) and The Bones of His Being (Guernica Editions, 2012) as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award in 2001.

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