The Paradox of Jazz. "Drumming on Water" by Geoff Page. [review]
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.