Coyle and Espaillat, both of whom are members of the Powow
River poets group that has been operating almost as a New England annex of the New Formalism for two decades now, continue a modern tradition in verse that weighs good and evil along with its syllables, one which includes the "academic formalists" mentioned above: the senior poet of our age, Richard Wilbur, and the late Anthony Hecht.
Preserved on Swerve's cherry-red disc, her moody, haunting voice drew me in --its misty blues inflections, fado undertow, its unwreathing inuendos of smoke--all backed by the muffled beat of a stellar international jazz combo, "Be High & the Highly Unlikelies," including Red "Powow
" Hand, piano; Chano Pozo, bongos; Horace "Kemo Sabe" Hays, bass; Ray Silva, trumpet, & that fabled albino negro alto sax virtuoso, Beluga Bill Wales, riding his great gold seahorse-solo after plunging solo through the crests & troughs, deep soundings of the Bossa Fumo classic, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
Scattered, also, among their pale-faced enemies, were the indian priests, or powows
, who had often scared their native forest with more hideous incantations than any known in English witchcraft" (Hawthorne, "Goodman" 72).