Inspired by the works of James E. Dupree
(blue tinged instruments on the wall)
shown at Philadelphia City Hall from 1-27-99 to 5-7-99
What other colour could the Blues be
Could there be green blues, black blues,
black and blue blues, lavender blues,
red blues, dead blues,
blues for the dead,
blues for the not quite dead,
blues in the day time in the soft silent park
blues for the cops, blues for the shot,
blues for the dreams not yet dreamt,
blues for the screamers, dreamers, schemers
Who owns the Blooz and who tells us how to
sing them, spell them, ring them, smell them,
who says how much dues
must be paid
until one can say
they have the Blues and not be laughed at
Blue Blooz on a city hall wall
on a pretty hall wall
on a grity hall wall
near courts and such,
where many go in and some just don’t come out
and just last week
there were screams for Mumia
and don’t ask me ifhedidit.
Anytime I went to 13th and Locust in the 1980’s
it felt so good
I forgot to remember.
I couldn’t tell you my nights
or my names.
Or any of theirs.
And I know as much as anyone
who swears they know the truth.
Bob Small-revised on 4-4-00 from 4-18-99
Note_Should probably be read out loud.
Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders,
The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia
Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading,
The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center,
The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore
The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City,
Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues.
He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including
El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die,
Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet.
This is his first Reading in over a year.
Bob Small was Founder and President of the
two decades old Poets and Prophets,
which presented Poetry Readings
in both Delaware County and Philadelphia.
Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the
First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005).
He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties.
He is the Founder and Facilitator of
The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac),
which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties.,
seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook)
Bob is also a founding member and
Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates,
which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook)
He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance.
Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife
and their menagerie of animals.
He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.