Lecture #64: Chess as Music

Lecture #64: Chess as Music

A phallic gnome, of carved wood
Entices our open-mike diva: Fiona Tightslot.
She fondles it and returns to the coffee bar.
Some dude with a steadycam is here to film a promo.

The Skylight Exchange is home, each Wednesday,
To a chess club, an open mike, and more pretentious
Clang-heads than a book store has a right to. Tonight
Finds an inundation of youth (12 and under) in

Mondo-Korean clear glass eyewear. Tuners
Light up the Winter night; veggie Ruebens
Deliver tangible nourishment, as chessmen linger,
Applauding Dr. Oakroot’s set between blitzes.

Best crowd of the new term. No tests yet, and
New duds to show. Someone scats, flat but
Funny. Butt-weary cello-toters saw world-class
Sonatas to a crowd more suited to Prine bluegrass.

“In a pawn-rook endgame, do not forget to place
Your rook behind your opponent’s passed pawns.”
Well, the musicians have their own version: “never
Grab a groupie unless she’s a backup singer too.”

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