I've never tasted one of his meals but I've tasted and enjoyed lots of his fantastic poetry and have to say - it's delicious.
First time I came upon Giovanni's blog the "jazz section" caught my eye, and being a saxophone player myself, his music poems touched my heart, my soul, my senses, my "everything."
And for today's spotlight, the poem on my wish list was this Jazz poem - I just love it!
Take a deep breath, enjoy and maybe you'll start to hear the seducing sound of mesmerizing saxophone tunes...(A shame we can't read with closed eyes.)
and spins a walking love luster under its leg.
throw down their bronze swords and
fly by the night
into the moaning mixture,
the howling moon;
the ferocious murmur of black and white,
the tender growl of an eighty-eight.
following incantations of a ghost drummer,
hypnotic sea-body rhythms
lure my soul
to the symbol of cymbals and crashing rhinoceri,
and the snap crackle staccato
of cool blue gurus doin’ a doobee doo doo with you know who.
The music soarrrs
through the weight of smoke
and bumps a ceiling fan.
Beebop! …and riddle-le-dee-bop!
What do you say when you wake up to a quintet of angels?
The space of music
and the piece on earth.
Knowing when to be silent
and allowing the secrets of another cadence to fall into your hands,
like the virgin rain,
like a tom tom boom,
like a good fresh funk.
Slippin’ and sliding and searchin’ and sometimes nailing the note…
as if the note was really looking for us the whole time.
Like sculpture in stone.
And here's some background information about Giovanni:
"Sometimes I search and scratch my way to the end of a sentence. I will chew on my pencil until the words write themselves on my teeth and the lines speak to me in tongues.
Sometimes, words rock and swing, floating gently down to me, like autumnal leaves marking a vibrant poet’s path; a scribe’s journey.
In Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke begs the aspiring poet to “…describe your sorrows and desires, passing thoughts and the belief in some sort of beauty.” I have always looked to the world for inspiration and have happily discovered that every time I open my heart and my mind, beauty and clarity find their way home.
For as long as I can remember, I have had this urge for printed permanence. This journey of mine will continue and I have committed myself to nurturing and feeding my thoughts, my character and my relationships with beautiful things. I will continue to seek out fellow poets who shower the world with a reservoir of sacred gifts that inspire heart and mind to dance and to share it always and ever outward."
I live in Westchester County, NY.
Pursued music for many years studying Jazz at SUNY Purchase.
Got a B.S. in Business from Iona College.
Currently a chef, restaurateur and consultant.
Recently published a cookbook dedicated to my mother called:
Ricette di Maria - Maria’s Recipes.
I have asked Gio if he'd also share one of his recipes with us, and here it is:
If you like sun-dried tomatoes, you will love these.
Halve some plum tomatoes lengthwise & remove seeds (not the core).
Place the tomatoes, cut side up, on a baking pan and season with salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs.
Slow roast in the oven for 2 hours at 300 degrees.
Remove, cool and store in mason jars, layered with fresh herbs and covered with more olive oil.
Covered in oil, they will keep in the refrigerator for 6 months and will come quite handy paired with fresh mozzarella and basil when you crave a fancier version of Caprese salad or any time you want to jazz up your favorite sandwich.