'Africa in the ear!'

  Gorillas at Franklin Park Zoo.

Gorillas at Franklin Park Zoo.

"A tree grew. Oh, remembering gorillas!

O Orpheus singt! Oh, Africa in the ear!

The recluse, Vip, came out. Gigi sat still

and wide-eyed, black face pressed against the bars.''

-- From "Live Jazz, Franklin Park Zoo,'' by Marilyn Nelson, a former poet laureate of Connecticut. Franklin Park is in Boston. The sub head of the poem: "Kubie {a gorilla} sobbed when a nearby jazz band stopped playing'' -- Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 27, 1996.