Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

poem for chet baker

how did you do it?your utterly masterful and unquestionable control over the keys on your trumpet and the aching velvet in your voice jive so poorly with the holes in your arms

and yet isn't it all about control, chet? telling yourself that you can make the hurting stop with a quick spike? it's like you'll never be normal again, a cousin once or twice removed from reality, the detachment of distance keeping you just far enough from the ground that your notes seem to float like the spirits of young boys at the terminal ward of the infirmary