Category Archives: New York City

POEM: resisting New York

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POEM: cranky old man blues

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On (finally) leaving New York City

Something unexpected happened to me today, just over three years after I moved out of Brooklyn. I said goodbye to New York. It’s been happening slowly over the past three years. Little by little, the pieces of my heart that … Continue reading

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“Cloudless” – a W.H. Auden poem set to music

Last weekend I stopped by W.H. Auden’s former home on St. Mark’s Place in New York City. That visit reminded me that years ago, I set one of his poems to music. You can hear it using the player above.

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Standard (for Porter & Perez)

Standard (for Porter & Perez) they are silent phantoms moving like wraiths between the close-knit tables remove a plate add a napkin offer the dessert menu steal away into a darkened corner of the club then a sound like overheated … Continue reading

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Record Of The Day: Going Back To Brooklyn – Dave Van Ronk

“From Jen-ghis Can to the Fuller Brush man, they’re just a bunch of losers like me.” That’s the last line of the first song on this world-weary and wonderful record, as least as well as I can render it phonetically. … Continue reading

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