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2003 Poster: Open Music Case


Item#: 2003SYR09

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Open Music Case

poster information


Open music case
Dollars flutter in as notes
Fly from saxophone

I have seen street musicians in Armory Square, some nights, you know, as you're coming out of a place, there's someone there with an open music case. I used the saxophone and the bird-like words with it because saxophones remind me of a bird, the shape of it.

So when I wrote about a street musician playing a saxophone, I wanted to use words that were related to birds—flying, fluttering, that sort of thing. And music notes, they sort of take to the sky on their own, too. So I like to use the bird image.

I think street musicians are great. I'm from New Jersey, and when I go into the city, to New York, I see them all the time. When I have time, I'll stop and listen.

So when I read the poem, it was easy to imagine a street musician. I was interested in showing the talent of these street artists while reflecting the words of haiku. Having dollars falling in mid-air helped me to capture the fast pace of the city, with each onlooker stopping momentarily to enjoy the talent of these artists.