The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

Happy Birthday Miles Dewey Davis!

I don’t know where I would be if it were not for the sounds of Miles Davis. Since the start of my freshman year of college, the majority of my writing has been done to, depending on my mood, the smooth or discordant sounds of each era of Davis’ playing. There’s something to be said for writing to Walkin’ or Relaxin’ or The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel, and then editing to the frenzied Bitches Brew or TutuIt’s a state of mind that has helped me through many long nights of college essays, novel edits, article writing, student grading, lesson plan design, and whatever else has been thrown my way.

So, happy birthday Miles Davis. Without you, the music world, and my fingers on the keyboard, would have much less rhythm.



About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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