Playing the Black Piano

Playing the Black Piano

By Bill Holm

Milkweed Editions, Paperback, 9781571314178, 132pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2004


In Playing the Black Piano, poet Bill Holm confronts themes of aging, AIDS, friendship, and music, revealing an everyman sensibility that celebrates the beauty, truth, and evanescence of everyday life. Typical is Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death,” in which the reaper sits in a straight-backed chair in the side yard, in no hurry to claim his due as long as strains of Haydn drift through the window to amuse and distract him.

About the Author
Holm teaches at Southwest State University in Marshall.