Live Evil: A Homage to Miles Davis is an extended poem sequence based on the life and works of Miles Davis which braids a strong narrative life-line and lyric responses to key recordings.
The poetry morphs to match the periods and styles of Davis’ jazz, from bebop through hard bop, cool, third stream, modal, funk, fusion and doo bop.
About the Author
A prolific writer, Richard Stevenson has published twelve collections of poetry (including Why Were All the Werewolves Men? (Thistledown, 1994), A Murder of Crows: New & Selected Poems (Black Moss Press, 1998) and Nothing Definite Yeti (Ekstasis Editions, 1999)) and four poetry chapbooks. His work has over 400 magazine, newspaper, and journal appearances to its credit, and can also be found in many textbooks and anthologies. Richard won the 1994 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for From the Mouths of Angels (Ekstasis, 1993). Richard is a long-time teacher and has worked in classrooms from Victoria, BC to Nigeria. For the past fifteen years, he has been a permanent staff member of Lethbridge Community College in Alberta.
He is an extremely active arts organizer, readings host, editor and book reviewer. He is also the co-founder of Naked Ear, a poetry-jazz performance ensemble.