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A track recorded to honor a good friend of the band, Wess Mongo Jolley, who recently retired from his job and from stewardship of the Indie Feed Performance Poetry site which has been a great an important resource for poets and especially for us over the years...thanks, Mongo. A little tribute to him and to librarians everywhere.



In libraries there are so many words
like so many feathers saved
from so many flights remembered,

and so many still ready to fly; so many
drowsing wings barely fluttering
with impatience,

longing to be released
by librarians who wait like falconers
for you to approach

so they may unhood and loose those words
to seek you out, swoop upon you
and settle, sink in and take hold.

Soon enough
you find yourself raised
from your own sleep,

to the rustling of feathers.
You may drift back to sleep

to dream of flying,
dream of being
carried to freedom by free words,

and in your sleep
as you rise into some grand sky
you may catch a glimpse of a falconer

turning from you toward
the next earthbound traveler, ready
to help them soar just as you are soaring;

if you do, turn back. Circle
for a moment. Nod your head to the one
who helped bring you here; pay tribute

to the tenders of saved feathers,
liberators of wings given once again
a chance to fly.


released April 10, 2016
Tony, poem and vocals; Faro, nylon string guitar; Chris Lawton, electric guitar; Chris O'Donnell, drums.




The Duende Project Worcester, Massachusetts

The collaborative between veteran poet Tony Brown, electric bass/classical guitarist Steven Lanning-Cafaro, aka "Faro," Chris Lawton on guitar, etc., and Chief Concussionist Chris O'Donnell on drums.

Photo by Bob Gill.

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