Goodbye 2021 -hello to an exciting year!

This next twelve months hopes to see things build, in both my writing career, and the success of beatnpress. There are projects on their way, and many new opportunities to come I am sure!

It’s been a very mixed year for me 2021. I have had some extremes throughout. There are almost too many things to mention – and that is no way me to trying to brag. From an individual point of view I have achieved some things and made a reality things that were once upon a time dreams and aspirations.I have made my publishing venture more than just a vehicle for my own work – it now serves as a platform for others. Beatnpress saw the publication of the incredible memoir written by the late Tanya Kennedy – UB40 a legal drug – who with her husband Andy Kennedy – we created a book that has proved to be quite popular and at one point was number 2 in the Reggae Music Book chart on Amazon – all proceeds of which have gone to St Margaret’s hospice in Taunton.Earlier in the year I published my poetry collection Pop Versus Subterranean – a collection of Pop Art poems I am extremely proud of. As yet due to the Pandemic I have only read and performed from it once to a live audience and that was on stage at The Palace Theatre in Paignton.2021 also saw the www.beatnpress.co.uk website go live – providing an outlet to sell these books and other books I have written over the years. I have also had a busy time writing articles including articles for Detail magazine, Adam Cooper at Heavy Soul, and Subbaculture – as well as working on my most recent book The Lost Notes By Diz (An unconventional novel about spiritualism, jazz and erm – Jim Morrison!) , and other forthcoming publications. There is my first non fiction book The Desired Article – a Concise Look at Style. This is a series of articles written about articles of mens clothing and some particular fabrics. Articles that reflect why they have remained popular throughout the last century and form the basis for what in the 21st century we see as the building blocks of true style. The book will be published by Zani soon and more news about it will be announced in the New Year. The brainchild behind Zani is Matteo Sedazzari – who has worked with some fantastic people and is a respected author in his own right. Recent publications by Zani are Tales from the Foxes of Foxham written by Matteo Sedazzari and the play Performers written by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh.I have also been co-writing Sartorial 64 with Nick Keen with the design and artwork by the fantastic Alf Button – if you are not familiar with Alf’s work check out Alf Button’s Revenge. This project has taken up many interesting hours of research, and is one I can not wait to see when it’s complete. All I can say is – we are all in for a treat. 2022 will see me continue to write, including my third Jake Brody Novel Reach Out Of The Darkness – which is taking longer than I had hoped since I have been so busy on other projects. There is also my third Pulp Fiction Poetry tale The Forgotten Whisper On The Wind to complete, and is I am pleased to say, nearing its climax.Other things that happened in 2021 that I did not expect but did were: taking my father to see Tom Jones perform live in Plymouth, be on Morcheeba Band‘s guest list at the Gone Wild Festival at Powderham Castle, meet Steve Brookes at the Stone Foundation gig at Exeter Phoenix and briefly chat with Neil Sheasby and Neil Jones. All of these things were highlights to at times a difficult year. Continued separation from loved ones has been hard. The Pandemic has made life far far from normal – and I feel blessed to have achieved some things in the last twelve months. However, financially I have struggled, and health wise things have been up and down both physically and mentally. As I write this, I am writing it whilst having Covid. At the moment I seem to be OK, and I sincerely hope I make a quick and full recovery. My wife is also poorly, and I so hope she gets well soon. Understandably this isn’t the end to 2021 that we hoped for. I hope 2022 will be one of vast improvement, and that I am able to continue to follow my dreams. I also hope there are many good times to be had by all in the future. I like to live in the now and will take each day as it comes. My reflection on the past year – is that determination can see you through if you believe enough. Follow that dream – work hard and eventually things will fall into place. I dreamed of being a writer, and 2021 has been the first year that I can say writing is more than a hobby – it is what I am supposed to do. So, move forward always, and learn from your mistakes. Peace and Love to you all and Happy New Year. I think 2022 may hold a few surprises… JD aka Diz x

The Lost Notes reveal more than you think.

Some of The Lost Notes

When the new book by Diz was conceived it was after the discovery of many pieces of writing had been found in a box at the back of a cupboard. Writing that had been written a long time ago. Some of it was even over twenty years old! Half written projects, ideas that had been quickly noted down – but were not fully formed. None of it was a cohesive narrative. Taking the concept of William Burroughs cut ups – it was decided to take these many separate themes and ideas and create something new. Creating a character that linked the different mediums together, and with that character being a jazz musician – so the concept of composing came to mind. Like any piece of Jazz there are those moments that hook you in, and take you on a journey – and then the tune can take you off on different tangents with improvised moments before returning to its main theme. This is exactly what The Lost Notes hopes to achieve, and so far the initial feedback from those who have been fortunate to read pre release copies the concept has indeed created something that is both different and entertaining.

Gary Malby from Gama Clothing had the pleasure of reading The Lost Notes, and his reaction was everything Diz hoped. Gary is a clued up guy with a broad knowledge of music, style and culture. His site sells a range of t shirts, accessories and books to people who have interests in British subcultures, music and modernist ideals based around living a full life. He stated it is

‘Like a Blue Note Revisited album, the sights and sounds are familiar and classic, but with a brand new twist baby! A great tonic for the instant throwaway culture and a great read’

Gary Malby @gamaclothing

Another recipient of a pre release copy was Jason Brummell. Jason is an author in his own right, and has been called the leader in modernist fiction thanks to two seminal books and a raft of articles. His books All About My Girl and All or Nothing being cited as two of the best tales depicting the modernist experience in 60s Britain. In fact his work has spurred other people to take up the challenge of creating fiction and his encouragement of other writers is to be highly commended. His reaction to the pre release copy was also glowing.

“A highly entertaining lysergic flight of fantasy across the astral planes. An energetic rollercoaster of voodoo, jazz, Jim Morrison and the power of spirituality. As inventive and as original as a solo by the master himself, Dizzy Gillespie.”

Jason Brummell, Author.

Jason’s reaction sum up the book succinctly. For all the elements he mentions are indeed in the tale. It mixes creativity with a fantasy that evolves, and as it does it enters other realms of existence and deals with spirituality, death and magic. Its a potent mix that conjures up an original tale that is as the author hopes – refreshingly different.

Another, and the final endorsement for this forthcoming Beatnpress publication is from Detail Magazine’s Claire Mahoney. As an editor and writer herself – her reaction to the book was one that ‘Diz’ hoped would be positive and insightful. Diz needn’t have worried. She stated:

“If Jack Kerouac and Carlos Castaneda went on a road trip together, you would probably wind up with something not dissimilar to The Lost Notes. A beguiling transatlantic tale of jazz, spiritualism and Jim Morrison ” Claire Mahoney, Detail magazine

Claire Mahoney, Detail magazine

In all this experimental novella that mixes poetry, prose, screen writing, music and images together achieves what it set out to do. It is a book that is not only entertaining, but explores composition, structure and a mixed media approach to provide something that is just different enough that the experience itself is original and new. It’s a true trip with a jazz element. If it was a piece of music it could be termed Acid Jazz, but as it is a form of literature it’s a modernist beat book for the soul.

The Lost Notes by Diz will be available to pre- order from http://www.beatnpress.co.uk on the 24th of October for £10.99

A book with a difference – The Lost Notes by Diz – As inventive and original as a piece of jazz.

Creating something that is both original and different is no easy task these days. It can sometimes feel like everything has been done before, and to some degree that is true. The Lost Notes by Diz is a book that sees the author approach his topic in a creative form that is- well – not typical. There is an affinity for Jazz in the creation of the novel – but not in the long unpunctuated style and rhythms of the original Beat writer, Jack Kerouac. No. This book has themes running through it, ideas that are interesting tangents, and distractions, yet will return to its main theme. Much like the improvisation you would find in Jazz music. It’s novel approach creates a tale that is modern, yet has enough familiarity in it that it is still entertaining. There is in fact a point where the novel explores the ideas of clichés and whether both the book and the protagonist needs to use them. The layered approach allows the reader to enter the realms that are created. As fellow author Jason Brummell, ( All About My Girl and All Or Nothing) says – it is

“A highly entertaining lysergic flight of fantasy across the astral planes. An energetic rollercoaster of voodoo, jazz, Jim Morrison and the power of spirituality. As inventive and as original as a solo by the master himself, Dizzy Gillespie.”

Using poetry, prose, screenwriting, images and other creative elements it generates an almost fragmented trip into both reality and the fantastical that serves to echo its contents. The tale is also the result of twenty years of discarded ideas and notes that have never been published before. When the notes and discarded manuscripts were found they were edited and spliced together in yet another inspirational cut up style creating a completely new and original narrative.

As yet it is uncertain whether there will be a second tale. Diz is both a construct and a psuedonym – Should there be another though. It will certainly be another great addition to the Beatnpress library.

The Lost Notes will be available for pre orders from October 24th 2021 via http://www.beatnpress.co.uk

Introducing Diz!

A new book is on its way! Published by Beatnpress, an experimental book culled from many hand written notes that consist of extracts from short stories, poems and film scripts. This non linea novella tells the tale of Diz – a young trumpet player who leaves his mundane life in Manchester, England, to spontaneously fly to New York and find himself. Roll forward 5 years. He is still in America. He is beginning to make a name for himself as a musician. Commissioned to write a Jazzy score for a movie – he takes on challenges he did not expect. Memories are evoked, and his past seems to be looming ever larger in his present day life. Vignettes crafted together build up the tale of his recent past, his mental health and the truth he is trying to escape from. Can those around him help him when it matters most?

In other news UB40 (A Legal Drug) by Tanya Kennedy recently published by Beatnpress

Has continued to be a success and is so far the bestselling book at Beatnpress. It sold out of its first print run, and should sell out of its second print run soon, as half of the second print run is already accounted for – and this is before the new run has been delivered from the printers! The books should be arriving tomorrow or Thursday and will begin being shipped out to customers as soon as they arrive. So, if you want a copy go to http://www.beatnpress.co.uk today and get your order in quick.

More news and updates to come later this week.

JD.

A Pint Of Bitter, and Pulp Fictions

It’s been a week, since I last posted anything. Last Monday I mentioned various book releases I have made available as ebooks. Such as my novella Seven Day Fool, which is now available via iBooks

https://books.apple.com/us/book/seven-day-fool/id1505606104

and my first Pulp Fiction Poetry collection – Beat To A Pulp which is also now available via iBooks

Beat To A Pulp by Jason Disley

https://books.apple.com/us/book/beat-to-a-pulp/id1505713274

As well as releasing these books, in the last week I have written an article for Zani, which is an online magazine with articles covering a wide range of topics. The article I wrote was titled A Pint Of Bitter, Bound To Be A Good Thing… And was About British Jazz icon Tubby Hayes, and a new limited edition book that has been published by Mono Media Books. In the article I interview the main man behind the project-Mark Baxter, who is an author and film producer, amongst other things.

Tubby Hayes

You can read that article here, and if you are interested in this book about the British Jazz legend. You can follow the link for more information at the end of the article.

https://www.zani.co.uk/zani-music/item/3068-tubby-hayes-a-pint-of-bitter-bound-to-be-a-good-thing

So, as you can see – I have been fairly busy. However, the main thing I wish to bring to your attention is my new paperback that has been released – it is titled – Angel In Alabaster,

Angel In Alabaster the new book by Jason Disley is out now.

and is the sequel to Beat To A Pulp. It is a book I am very pleased with and continues with the theme of writing a prose tale in verse form. My interest in Pulp Fiction and Film Noir is very apparent in this book, and it contains moments that feel familiar, and comfortable within the environment of the tale. In fact. An up and coming writer – who is very hip to the world’s I allude to in the book has written a foreword to the book, which I feel gives the reader an insight into what Pulp Fiction Poetry, Or Film Noir Verse is. Here is that foreword:

FOREWORD

It’s a pulp world. A space where people make shapes, alloyed by desire. It’s where Exterior means: “I need to get from Point A to B, with a direct response,” as Interior leaves us groping for dark epithets with one hand, while knocking back a boiler maker with the other.
Jason Disley knows this world like the back of his hand. Read The Angel in Alabaster and you’ll be on several fifth drinking terms with it. It’s a warm enough room; a bourbon haze, a nascent lounge lizard on the Wurlitzer and a Turkish delight scarlet hue in the furnishing. Pick through the Fry’s, expect to stumble upon some ebon promise.
Loretta, Johnny, The Artisan: all creations unique to Jason’s palette – the wasp’s sting here is in their familiarity. The initial impact of The Angel in Alabaster comes from this sense of ironic comfort. For a long time fan of the novels of Raymond Chandler, the songs of Johnny Mercer and the silhouette of Gene Tierney, reading words that invoke 1940s LA hums the same heat as Vernon Duke’s mellow Manhattan Fall: “Glittering crowds (…) In canyons of steel / They’re making me feel I’m home.” But, as a later poet of sky rises observed, It’s also where the hatred is.
The Angel in Alabaster has a raison d’etre supplanted from a previous work, Beat to a Pulp: a juxtaposition of the argot of gumshoes and cheese cakes with the ennui of the verse styling found in T. S. Eliot’s 1920s modernism. In laymen’s terms, this is a way of depicting a story filled with the pulse of hard boiled sensuality, through a poetic metre impressing ‘hip’ speech rhythms, for those of a Spillane bent, at the same time as employing strong rhymes to locate a subtle sense of the universality of Noir in these Google fried times. “The stuff that dreams are made of” now so manifest that “doing a number” is as much part of the current bloodstream as a commonplace app; on its 20th Luckie for the day of course.
And this is where Jason mounts his own unique killer-diller.
Jason’s poetry in The Angel in Alabaster delves into Noir as an intrinsic part of so many of today’s cultural default mode. Sin City – look at the implied neons and Edward Hopper pallor. Peaky Blinders – the hissy darkness and ‘hat as icon’ imagery. Boardwalk Empire – well, It’s like a resort for…. Gangsters. However, Mr. Disley is anything but the lid on a semiotic dust bin. E. M. Forster told us to “only connect;” he could be describing the best way to tuck into The Angel in Alabaster’s rhyme of the non’lent gumshoe jazz riff. Dig the influences, connect the dots. How modernist.
Dot connection is indeed the thing wherein we catch the shtick of the Dis. Slang is normally habitual; It’s great paradox residing in it being always there, despite fashion making it permanently transient. Within the bounds of The Angel in Alabaster, it functions as a refining signifier, beckoning towards a signified inscribed with ‘pleasure.’ Jason’s utilisation of Eliot’s bleak poetics illustrates this best of all. Cf, The Waste Land:
She smooths her hair with automatic hand,
And puts a record on the gramophone.
‘This music crept by me upon the waters’ (…)
O City City (….)
Now ‘Angel’:
Johnny needed to shake the lead out of his shorts (….)
He would find the gator with a gat
Or the cat with a shiv
Who had decided the Lady in The Jade Dress must crowd (….)
He needed Seven to become Eleven in this crap shoot.

In The Waste Land, speech rhythm connotes towards ennui – a boredom that beckons towards an out of reach memory from a Tempest. In ‘Alabaster’, the metre is also of speech, but this time the modernist urge to make it new comes not as a lofty literary, but in a bouquet of side mouth rye. The fragments that Jason stores against The Artisan’s ruins read more like William Gottlieb’s photograph of 52nd Street: from swing to bop is the measure of Seven becoming Eleven. The Angel of Alabaster may allude to Eliot’s “a handful of dust,” in form; when read and digested, the grab is still there but definitely in a lamp gaze view – from the lipstick cap to Lana Turner’s eyes, plus John Garfield’s peak in between.
Whether you dream of Rita Hayworth or crack like Jimmy Cagney, rein in your 38. for Jason Disley’s latest invitation to the pulps. *

Nathan James Le-bas

*: All quotes from The Waste Land, The Complete Poems & Plays of T. S. Eliot (London, 1969).

Angel In Alabaster has a wonderful bookcover designed by Mark Head Aka Mr. H. Mark, designed the cover for Beat To A Pulp, and it seemed natural to ask him to design the cover for this collection.

The book is available now from

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

And soon it will be available from other online retailers such as Amazon.

Going forward, I am working on a third Film Noir Verse book, and the sequel to Seven Day Fool, titled Take It Or Leave It, this book will initially be made available as an ebook. I hope that when the time is right it will be published in paperback.

Lastly I wish to share a video of a poem I have written, that is a message for all of us at this time. As we all make our way through this Pandemic – follow the rules and keep safe. I will no doubt be sharing something else with you next Monday. JD.

Keep Your Distance

Beat To A Pulp, and Jazzy numbers.

I have been busy. Extremely busy. Last month saw my run of poetry performances hitting an all time high. So much so – I haven’t posted anything here for while. For that I can only apologise. Having performed in Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot and a gig in Birmingham it is a wonder I have had time to focus on other things. But I am pleased to say I have. I have been adding the final touches to my new book which will be available soon. My book is a poetry collection that is different from anything else I have ever written. It is a complete Pulp Fiction tale told in verse form.

Here is the blurb from the back cover:

“In this, epic collection, Disley has conjured up a cast of characters that shimmer, dodge and thrill the page with a story straight out of storyvile”

SJ Knight – Crime Fiction Writer

Firmly set in the period of Pulp and Noir of the twentieth century in an unnamed American city- Beat To A Pulp delivers poetry that’s full of the jive talk you would expect to read in Hammett, Chandler and Spillane.

It’s a Beat Poet delivering his version of a Pulp Fiction. It’s straight from the fridge and if you’ve got your boots on, you will dig the jive and imagine what happens when the canary sings.

The book is published by Beatnpress.

Now that the book is practically complete, it’s forty poems, are also ready to be performed and on the 14th of this month I will be debuting a handful of the poems from this collection. If you are a fan of Pulp Fiction, and Film Noir like I am. You will know that Jazz is often associated with the movies, and tales in the Pulp oeuvre. So naturally as my thoughts move towards performing and breathing life into the poems. I immediately felt it was right to have some suitable jazz to play in the back ground whilst reading. Enhancing the experience and hopefully allowing for a Film Noir to play in the minds of the audience.

So I have made a suitable Spotify playlist. It is only short and comprises of just three tunes.

1) Main Title by Gerry Mulligan

2)Private Investigator by Graham De Wilde

3) Gumshoe Blues by Paul Pritchard.

You can listen to the playlist here:

Beat To A Pulp Tracks

No doubt as I add more of the poems to the performances I will add more music to the playlist.

The debut performance will be at Word Command at Zitas in Exeter.

If things develop as I hope I would love to turn this collection into a play also. To see the characters come to life would be incredible. It would also be another string to add to my writing bow. But for now I am just so happy to share that this collection is going to be available to read soon. The book cover has been designed by Mr. H. He has also provided six images within the collection to accompany the poetry. Mr H. also designed the cover to my debut novella Seven Day Fool.

Mr H Design Co

More news about Beat To A Pulp soon…

Jazzman flies on bluenotes but the Beat must go on…

John Jazzman Clarke and Jason Disley at the St Moritz Club in Soho.

Well here we are in August. Today’s blog starts with the sad news of a fellow poet who has passed away.

He was someone I only knew briefly. But, his entrance into my life has been profound. He was a kindred spirit. A lover of Jazz and The Beat Generation. He was anti establishment, despite – or maybe because – he worked in banking in the City of London in his younger life. But his love of Jazz and the hedonistic writing of the Beats made Jazzman John Clarke follow his own road. One full of discovery and zest. He seemed to have had at times a difficult life, but he never let it get him down. Instead he showed the verve and spontaneity of what he called himself – A Jazzman. His poetry drove along to rhythms I admired. I have listened to recordings he has done, and seen videos he is in. The charm of this excentric Shamanistic reveller never ceasing to amaze me. His conviction being so pure and free because he believed in what he was doing. I was introduced too him via the Internet by Chris Free from Mr Free Shirts and the Singer, Songwriter of the superb band – The Sound Of Popart. Whose latest album’s title The Beat The Beautiful And The Loaded could sum up John very easily. His words could be beautiful, and were often loaded with thought provoking statements. And he was always a true Beat as far as I was concerned. When John and I began to converse it was fantastic. Here I was – the lesser experienced performer, but someone who admired what I was hearing and seeing. His enthusiasm matched my own. He loved I had written books about Jazz and Blues music. From the conversations we had – it was only natural I ask him to write the foreword to my third book in a music trilogy. This book – Runaway Soul! saw him place an everlasting stamp on my life, because he very graciously said he would be honoured to do so.

Here is a snippet of what he wrote about my poetry:

“The words quickly draw you in with the staccato of repeated one-liners that proceed to propel and project the reader forward and all the while the poet’s unmistakable voice is present, laid bare, loud, clear and uncluttered.

Then, like a stray spark from a flame, urban reality kicks in… “

John Jazzman Clarke

Jazzman John Clarke performing.

For me he was a true British Beat Poet, his words will remain, but for now he is riding the phantom bus to bluenote heaven.

Phantom Bus on mixcloud.

Thank you for reading. Please look up John Jazzman Clarke and let his beat keep going on.

I know I will.

Jason Disley

Beating the hot weather with poetry and cool jazz along with the return of Speaky Blinders

So, we have been experiencing the best prolonged spell of decent weather since 1976 here in the UK. It has inspired many a writer I am sure. I know I have been writing quite a bit lately. So maybe it’s the happy place good weather can put you in, or in typical British style it gives us another topic to moan about. – “it’s too hot”, “I can’t stand the heat” etc are common gripes. One thing for sure in my life music always puts me in a better place, and Jazz is something that always brings a smile. It moves me. It really does. Some people are indifferent to Jazz, or can’t be bothered to listen properly to the nuances of jazz. To be able to focus on a part of a tune that takes the listener into different places before returning comfortably to its original melody.

For me it is cool jazz and modern jazz that I tip my hat to. I also enjoy bebop. Why? I am not sure. But, I think that after reading books like The Horn by John Clellon Holmes

The Horn by John Clellon Holmes

I have found myself transported into the coolness that Jazz brings. I so enjoy listening to the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Lee Morgan, Eric Dolphy et al that the whole coolness of Jazz has become just a little obsessive. The original Beat writers loved jazz too. So just like Kerouac and Neal Cassady I like to really dig the music, click my fingers in time to the rhythm nod my head or even just dance. It is something that just gets those endorphins going.

Anyway I have recently written a poem that I have simply called Jazz. Its a poem I wish I had written a couple of years ago and had included in my book. Jazz Poetry – Improvisations In Language

A book that is a collection of Jazz influenced poems that includes a Spotify play list. It is a poem I wish to share.

Jazz.

I am Jazz
I mean I am
The embodiment
Of a syncopated rhythm
I scatter
Like acorns on the breeze
I freeze and drop
Like beads of sweat
I dig beneath the skin
Raising hairs from within
I tremor with surprise
And melodic lies
I breathe
I live
I give
Honesty
In note form
Always trying to escape
What is perceived as the norm.
I comfort when the need arrises
Casting out nets to the wisest.
Capturing senses of promise and wonder
Taking listeners out and yonder.
For it is the beauty of
Jazz when
It is understood.
Whether it be through the mediums of brass, hide and wood.
That makes its presence feel good.

Dancing

Tapping

Parping
N’
Harping

Sometimes
Chanting

Even ranting

Messages subliminal or not
I am the music that can make you cool
When you are hot.
An
Evolution
Of sound
That climbs from the underground.
Whilst you are digging for that
Sublime sound.
Yeah
Thatz
Jazz.

©Jason Disley 2018

Speaky Blinders

August 21st sees the return of Speaky Blinders at Peaky Blinders Bar in Paignton.

It really is going to be a blinder! There are, already an amazing group of talented wordsmiths lined up and we have our first female headliner the wonderfully witty Samantha Boarer whose poetry is personal, graphic and often about sex or social inabilities and is guaranteed to raise an eyebrow and a smile. She has recently had her debut collection published by Burning Eye Books Real Grown-Up Women and is a highly recommended read.

There will be more news about events and other projects I am involved in over the coming month. But for now enjoy the weather and all that jazz! Plus Speaky Blinders is an open mic night. So if you are in the area and like to perform spoken word or tell a few jokes please pop down and join us! JD.

Down At The Flamingo – Modernist Beat.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of performing at the Torbay March Of The Mods where I performed five poems all accompanied by music. March Of The Mods is a wonderful charity event that takes place all around the country throughout March. It raises money for The Teenage Cancer Trust. So naturally it is an honour to be involved.

Billed as “The Beat Poet” I read five original poems:

The Weekend

Firecracker On My Mind

Hobo’s and Tramps

Speakeasy

And lastly

Down At The Flamingo.

This last poem is a firm favourite of mine.

It’s about those who used to venture to the famous Flamingo Jazz Club

In the 1960s. Which was situated on Wardour Street in Soho, London. One of the resident performers at this time was the incredibly cool and popular Georgie Fame

who like the Mods and American GI’s that used to frequently go there – was a huge fan of jazz, r& b and ska. Consequently it was a melting pot of all that was exciting in a post war Britain. Multiracial, happy and free to enjoy all that was great. This was the “Modernist” time. And that is what my poem conveys.

Here is my poem Down At The Flamingo

This poem is in my book Jazz Poetry – Improvisations in Language.

Available here :

Jazz Poetry – Improvisations in Language

Beat, Blues and the Rhythm Of Fools / and Howling Wolves

The second book in my music trilogy – Beat, Blues and the Rhythm Of Fools is a book of poetry that takes inspiration from blues music and is perhaps a collection that is closer too my true self than some of my other works. Writer Jason Brummell states it is:

“Unashamed in its emotional nakedness”

This I believe to be true. I am after all a thoughtful poet sharing spontaneous verse in the typical Beat tradition. Although I am inspired by the many elements of British subcultures–mainly the Modernist scene of the fifties and sixties, but,to be honest- having been brought up in the seventies and eighties there are elements of Punk angst, and the Hippy ambience of the Acid Jazz/ early House music Raver evident in my ramblings. I am after all some sort of subculturalist sponge. I’m like a Magpie that steals all that glitters in the orbit of my inspirations in life. Music is my key. It unlocks my thought processes and this is evident throughout all my work. I don’t have any profound plans – I just write – just as I am now- letting the words reveal something. Jason Brummell the author of two fantastic Mod Fiction novels All About My Girl and All Or Nothing which are available Here at Suave Collective Publishing very kindly provided a foreword too this book. His foreword which I am providing for you to read in a moment shows my love of Jazz which is evident in the rhythms of my writing – although Blues music is mainly the subject matter for this collection- or I should say topics found in great Blues tunes but not exclusively – for there are also -post Brexit and semi political poems revealing my unhappiness of the state of life these days – but that does not mean to say that this collection is completely maudlin or just one big whinge about the state of things. For there are as always elements of hope and change in my work. Here is the complete foreword to this book which is available to buy now from Amazon

Foreword

I feel I’ve known Jason, a lifetime although in truth possibly just a couple of years. He has an appreciation of the finer cuts of cloth in life and wears his passions on his well tailored sleeves. He is sincere and empathetic and like much in his life he does it for the simple pleasure of it and hopes that it reaches out and connects. Perhaps that’s why I feel I’ve known him longer; his poetry and his word play lay his thoughts bare, it is Unashamed in its emotional nakedness.We used to call this “Honesty” perhaps an increasingly old-School virtue, now somewhat lost amid the machinations of political smokeand media mirrors and an unresponsive population happy to be spoon-fed both false idols and villains.

Jason’s word play takes its lead from the late 50’s Beats, with a knowing nod to the Liverpool poets of the 60’s but isn’t confined to the past. It’s about the here and now, the free and the how to be, with it’s deft interplay of. meter. and. space. that is…

…equally reminiscent….

…of modal shifts…

… in Modern…

…Jazz (another clear passion)

… no wonder when the same raw “feel” and spiritualism that drove Coltrane and Miles to peel back the layers of grime and let the purest of light illuminate and cleanse the darkest worlds and minds. Jason’s poetry attempts the same and much like his Jazz idols attempt to shed a positive call for change rather than raging against an uncaring machine. Sometimes the reach is too far, but the words remain as they are… for that is truth…

…. that is honesty

Jason Brummell August 2016

Lastly

I feel it only be right I share one of my poems from this collection. Naturally I understand poetry doesn’t have a huge market – but if you like what you have read in this blog – feel free to comment and maybe treat yourself or someone to a copy of this book which I am proud of.Here is Songs of Blues

Something I wrote whilst listening to Howlin’ Wolf

Songs of Blues play on the highways

Making waves in your mind

Makingwavesinyourmind

Takingyoursoulonajourneytounwind

Stop!

Wait a minute!

Rewind.

The Blues tell you a story

One that is defined

Making a tale of sadness

Head along a new road

A road of understanding

Whereas the Blues man sings

A life takes wings

Harsh tales of love and sacrifice

Being down and out

The oppression

Depression

A lesson.

A lover scorned

A Devil’s doom warned.

Dangers

Deceptions of the heart.

All brought together by guitars and harps –

And howling Wolves.

Maudlin moments of acknowledgement

Making your head nod

To a beat of repetition

And the call and response of a spiritual.

Oh baby do you understand?

Do you know where I’m coming from?

Be it a field or a chain gang.

And alleyways of desolated moonshine.

The Blues are here and now

Listen or it don’t mean a thing.

Don’t take your superstition

With the derision

Of the gloom.

Hear the light and shade.

Appreciate the good things.

Yes!

Just move on.

Take your soul in a journey to unwind.

Respite of The Blues

You can be on top of the world when you are feeling blue. Juxtaposed tunes of driving rhythm with lyrics of sad lives.

Yeah

That’s The Blues

Hearing of lives messed up as mine

U-turns

To a time from before

But memories perspiring from every pore.

I’m just a pore boy.

You see?

Stop!

Wait a minute!

Rewind

Something is

Making waves in my mind.

Soon I’ll have another story –

You’ll see.

No master how hard life can be.

Jason Disley (2016)