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More Aymar Family Poems

May 21, 2017

I Shall Make Poems
by Carol Armstrong

I shall make poems
long after I’ve forgotten
my middle name,
what cinnamon is for
or why the unfamiliar place
I sleep is not the home
of my childhood

The words will seem at first
enigmatic and oracular, then
untranslatable, unintelligible.
They will abandon agreed-upon usage,
assume an unruly logic—
but the rhythms will remain
to carry the burden of meaning.

Listen for the tumbling syllables
of my laughter, the slow spondees
of my satisfacions.
Listen for dactyls waltzing
my amazements in spiraling circles,
for the joyful anapests
galloping wildly like children
knee-deep in new snow.

The words will become
the music—pure music,
embedded deeper than
the deepest reservoirs
of memory gone dry.

Then speak wholly nonsense to me—
sing back to me, transposed,
the answers to my love letters.

 

 

~~~

 

The family poem of the day is from my grandfather Gordon C. Aymar. He wrote a number of books on sailing and one called the Art Of Portrait Painting. He was a fine wordsmith and a lover of puns. I always looked forward to the silly poems/limerics he would write for my birthday every year. Usually, on a handmade card. This is a poem he wrote upon looking out his window on a clear night..and he wanted to put his love of Venus on paper.
—Geoff Aymar

 

Gordon C. Aymar

 

Venus
by Gordon C. Aymar

Venus, risen in the West,
Floats upon a sea of dark infinity,
Transfixing me upon my pillow
Silver fire penetrating crystal pane.
Slender branches of the willow
Slowly pass across her face,
Stirred to movement by the gentle night wind
Now obscuring, now revealing.
Ah! What message in what secret code
Is written thus in rhythm unpredictable?

 

Venus as seen from the International Space Station; photo by NASA/JAXA at NASA.gov.

 

Thank you once again, Geoff Aymar, for allowing us to share some of your family’s poetry…

 

 

Geoff at the keys…

 

 

About Geoff Aymar, from Jango.com:

In the competitive world of the Los Angeles music scene, pianist and composer Geoff Aymar has successfully carved a niche for himself for over twenty years. He’s been playing some of the finest hotels, clubs, and exclusive private events in Los Angeles and his long tenure at a number of venues is a testament to his musicianship and his loyal following.

Can’t Stop Now on Rigamarole Records is Geoff’s first all original CD which features renowned guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist David May and drummer Kendall Kay. It is a melodic brew of smooth Bossa Novas, evocative ballads and toe tapping blues thrown into the mix. It was produced by legendary producer/engineer Malcolm Cecil (Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott Heron).

His first two jazz CD’s of standards with his trio (Geoffrey Aymar Trio, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) received solid reviews and airplay on main Los Angeles jazz station KKJZ and a number of other stations around the country. Geoff has performed internationally at the La Plata International Jazz Festival in Argentina, as well as the Grand Formosa Regent in Taipei, Taiwan.

His composing has included the satirical song “Me” sung by Meryl Streep that opened the movie Death Becomes Her as well as commercial pop songs and instrumental jazz and theme songs for various TV/internet projects. Songs from Can’t Stop Now have been used on TV, films and commercials.

Originally from Connecticut, Geoff studied jazz guitar privately while also playing in various rock/pop bands as a teenager. His interest in improvising and composing music of all genres was his passion from the beginning. Upon being accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music as a guitarist, Geoff switched over to the piano which he had already begun teaching himself.

After a short stay in Boston, Geoff moved to Los Angeles and landed his first steady gig just four days after arriving. Since then he has been making a living playing music five to seven nights a week at top establishments such as The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, The Fairmont Miramar and the Fours Seasons. The list of people Geoff has performed for make up a “who’s who” of the entertainment and political world, from Arnold Schwarzenegar and Elizabeth Taylor to England’s Prince Andrew, Gore Vidal, and William F. Buckley Jr.

Geoff continues to play a long running gig with his trio every Sunday for brunch in the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Producer Malcolm Cecil says, “Geoff Aymar is an extremely talented musician with a beautifully melodic, sensitive yet always swinging style whose compositions have a mysterious, haunting quality that reaches out and touches the soul.”

Can’t Stop Now is available online at CDbaby.com/geoffaymar and can also be found on various downloading sites such as Itunes.com.

 

 

 

 

 




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