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Lay for the Day7th September

1930: the tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is born in New York.

The Bridge

His head clears the clouds
of an atmosphere of themes
that hums about him.
Tall lips compel a rubbery
or smoky note out, rebounding
on the surroundings’ network of tones.
A colossal stroll’s deliberately
taken in difficult air in order
to disclose a new opening.

John Gibbens,
from The Improvised Version, Vol. 1

The Lay Reader: an archive of the poetic calendar