Raymond Nat Turner featured on Be More Now

Jul 16, 2019

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, July 18 when host Blake More will accomplished performance poet and town crier Raymond Nat Turner, founder of the NYC Jazz poetry ensemble Upsurge Jazz. With imaginative compositions, innovative arrangements and in-your-face consciousness, Raymond’s group UpSurge presents one of the most original group sounds on the music scene today. Their sound is a compelling mix of jazz, poetry and politics, and the upcoming hour long show promises a lively conversation covering all three. 

Find out more about Raymond and read his work at the Black Agenda Report.

Here's a sample of a poem you will hear Raymond performing live:

Whoppers of Boss Tweet…

A thief

a thug

Clown in a rug

A tweet


A lie

a cheat—

Embellish, embroider:

a lying disorder…


A myth

a fable

a bit unstable

Flimflam, claptrap

bunkum—bull crap!

An empty wagon

a puffed up dragon…


A whopper

a fib

You peeped

from your crib!

A sham

a fake

a major ‘mistake—’

Pathological lying

false-flag flying…


A grope

a trope

Bad jokes


A grope of the crotch—

another ‘man notch’

where they debauch

over water and scotch…




A trumped up story—

cock-and-bull glory

A foot in the mouth

for strategy south


Pie in the sky—

a barefaced lie

A pig in disguise

fooling some eyes…

Playing fast and loose

with Jim Jones Juice

A masquerade—

a Nazi parade

A fake ‘great nation’

same plantation


A bug in the hall

a fly on the wall

A great big whale

an ongoing tale

A parade in July

another big lie

A wink of an eye—

enough outcry?


A thief

a thug

Clown in a rug

A tweet


A lie

a cheat—

Time for feet

in the street


…street heat!!

Poet’s note: Inspired by the great Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Waters of March” |
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