Tucson Blues

when I slide into the blue car
bleeding wires
where Sachdev’s flute used to sing

Soledad *

the wind

all covered

in time

* Soledad Correctional Training Facility is a California State prison. I taught commercial printing there for a time. "The Correctional Training Facility is a three-facility complex, each functions independently of the others." The shop I worked in, my class, was in Central Facility. All my guys were from maximum security, some just booted down from San Quentin. Today Soledad houses:

South Facility: 1,125 in a space designed for 510
Central Facility: 3,030 in a space designed for 1,391
North Facility: 2,871 in a space designed for 1,400

TOTAL: 7,026 inmates in a facility designed for 3,301

the tide
sunrise in our eyes

we lean out and look upon the open
shiny black roads bordering the sand

p  o  s  t     c   a  r  d

There are hills trees roads and townships
gossip is time loving the visit, thinking
                                                       - all

someone coughs

bring the hoe inside

door locks

4:30 in the morning


The Blue Oracle Band

The Blue Oracle Band, a Tucson original, has a page at MySpace with four songs you can hear. I think I've only ever heard them play two cover tunes, everything else is penned by lead singer Phil "Whinin' Boy" Mills and lead guitarist David "Chick'n Pick'n" Parker. Drums are handled by Mark "Spooner" Buenger and Rick "The Relic" Guetter holds the bottom on bass. Their CD has gone through the final mix and is awaiting an angel to press it for distribution. Until then a friend might shoot me an email. Their sound is hard to peg. You might call it tight, southwestern blues-rock. One thing is for sure, you find yourself listening, paying attention, your soul dances while your body may wonder how to follow your feet already in the groove.
Chemo and Response:

charlie parker rides with a farmhand

David tells me about song

I read Paul Blackburn
how “hands move earth
        feeling earth”

moment to moment
to monument in time
blue and polished stone

Frank Parker