Clouds and Trees

"Nothing ever goes away enough or arrives enough,/ and I want to cry when I think of my heart,/ muscle pounding in muscle, greedy always for joy." – 'A Warning', Eric Anderson

Category: Music

On the Steps Ahead


Tchaikovsky, like this other side
of lostness, is incomplete again.
I lean into violin on the train

To hear it absolutely. I want
to make purpose of, complete,
ugliness. My era. I see beauty

if I crane my neck enough
somewhere back there in the rain.
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35, I know

is behind the mis-colored sky.
I hear it pushing subway cars.
Spilling out as umbrellas open.


I have been living under skyline.
In the negative space. The only place
For pieces of you, Tchaikovsky,

a leaf caught on the raincoated
concrete step. The life we have yet
To live. In windows, wall-less

if I could paint them, if I had paint-
buckets of rain and you
over and over again, every step

ever upwards. When I carry you
I am together with my discomfort.
I am walking so close beneath beauty.


Container EP – The Confidant

Container – EP by theconfidant

This post is a unique one for this blog, but I think it’s appropriate. For years I’ve been writing poetry and posting it here, and over the course of all those years I’ve been working with my friend Shivan to develop a way to merge poetry and music. Over the past few days we worked literally nonstop and emerged with this 5 song EP. I apologize for the silent spots at the beginnings of some tracks; what you’re listening to is certainly the rough, yet-to-be-polished version of our creation. I’m posting it because I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve made, and I think if you enjoy reading my poetry, you’re going to enjoy the music of The Confidant.

Container – EP
The Confidant

Shivan Bhavnani – Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Percussion
Dan Levin – Ukulele, Backup Vocals, Trumpet, Percussion

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