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Title: The Paradox of Jazz. "Drumming on Water" by Geoff Page. [review]
Authors: Gilbey, David
Keywords: Australian
Book Reviews
Publishing
poetry
David Gilbey
murder mystery
Emily Potter
Chloe Hooper
A Child's Book of True Crime
Association for the Study of Australian Literature
ASAL
Charles Harpur
Kenneth Slessor
Dorothy Porter
Alan Wearne
World War II
World ar Two
World War 2
New Guineau
Australian Army
Manpower
Zeitgeist
Bessie Smith
Billie Holiday
Sydney Trocadero
Benny Goodman
Showboat
art
historiography
Patrick White
Issue Date: Sep-2003
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Gilbey, David 2003. The Paradox of Jazz. Review of "Drumming on Water" by Geoff Page. 'Australian Book Review', No 254, September, 56.
Series/Report no.: No 254
Abstract: Like a series of attenuated conversation poems, "Drumming on Water" is a narrative in forty-five riffs. The individual poems are like extended song lyrics — spoken jazz: ‘ad lib, of course / but also well thought out.’ The words are notes to sound and repeat, scoring the brief and unmemorable career of a jazz drummer with the Lizzie Rivers’ All-Girl Band of 1938 and regular gigs on Sydney Harbour ferries, until the mysterious death of its lead singer who disappears overboard — the fulcrum of the poem.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/588
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 254 - September, 2003

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