WHY I LOST MY JOB AS MUSIC CRITIC FOR A BUSY METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPER

Anyone who does not have a tin ear

(The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz

May be one exception)

Shd be able to discern that oz for oz,

Pound for pound, Beethoven’s concerto #

5 (“The Emperor”) Opus 73

Played on a Steinway

Held high in the air over 34th

Street by a giant ape standing on top

Of the Empire State Building

 Sounds very passionate

Making the entire city sing.



Louis Phillips’ recent poetry publications include The Domain of Silence, The Domain of Absence: New and Selected Poems (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2015), The Domain of Small Mercies: New & Selected Poems ], Volume 2 (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2017), How Wide the Meadow (World Audience Publishers, 2019).

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