- Shafer, Audrey
- Date of entry: May-04-2001
This poem concerns the poet's painful loss of his infant son: "a brown berry gone / to rot just two days on the branch . . . . " The anguish is raw and fierce. Throughout the poem emotion and music are intertwined. The poet reaches for a way to deal with his grief and finds a "music great enough" to offer solace and understanding: jazz.
Images of Kin: New and Selected Poems
Univ. of Illinois Press