Joe Dolce: Two Poems

The Great Male-versus-Female Guitar Contest of 1933 Little Lizzy Douglas (they called her the kid), was born in Louisiana, in a farmer’s shed. She didn’t like farming, she didn’t like her name, so she grabbed a guitar and hopped on a train. Little Lizzie Douglas stepped on board— but when she stepped off, Memphis Minnie was born.   Memphis Minnie, you better watch out, the way she plays that guitar can knock the roof off a house.   Big-town Chicago was the place to be, the best blues shows you ever did see. Big Bill Broonzy was the cock-of-the-heap, he…

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