Jazz in Pastel


Author:  Roman Newell
Designer:  Darlene Carroll



Dimensions: 6.5 × 1 × 8.5 in SKU: RNJIP007 Categories: , , Tags: , , , , , , Availability:

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ivory keys go plunk plinka do ee
hats swoon upon heads
men on smoky stage croon
by: Roman Newell


My first Smith-Corona 1940s styled typewriter. I plucked it up and put it open on the coffee table. Inserted a slice of paper. Sat for a moment while Earl Hines moved on the turntable. Had no idea what to expect. When it came out I kept with it, feeling a certain synchrony between my fingers and the playing music. It was unlike anything I’d ever written. Call it a moment of inspiration. Something handed from the ethereal remnants of creators and art they’d left behind. I’m not sure how much time it took but it wasn’t long. When my fingers stopped moving the title came immediately: Jazz In Pastel. 

Many years have passed since I first wrote Jazz In Pastel and I feel the same as I did then. A special moment when jazz became corporeal words on the page. A magical experience of transference. I have done a lot of writing since then and can attest those moments are rare. 

My longtime friend and creative designer, Darlene Carroll, has more than done this old poem justice by bringing it to life through conceptual creation. Handcrafted and illustrated, this beautiful design perfectly captures the essence of the original poem. 



Additional information

Dimensions 6.5 × 1 × 8.5 in

Hand Crafted, Limited Edition



Poetry Type

Free Verse, Jazz, Music Inspired

Publication Date

27 April 2024


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