Deeply grateful to Tea & Tattered Pages and its curator Amanda Ngoho Reavey for presenting my poem and urban meditation on several cities, "Big City Cante Intermedio," as a Panthalassa Pamphlet. You can see the ten-page pamphlet poem HERE. Cities covered are New York City, Provence, Ukiah, Baguio City, Barcelona, Vienna and Paris. Here's an excerpt:
I digressed to show how in New York
City (pop.: 8.4 million, est. 2013)
one can be anyone one wants to be
as in to discover if a fit improbably
exists so that, once, I was a flamenco dancer
in this big city where many effects are
especially with money, e.g.
dance fees which made a dancer
and guitarist hood their eyes at my
version of braceo: the bastardization
of flowers, the opposite of grace—
(how many ways may an artist suffer?)
Deep thanks as well to John Bloomberg-Rissman for his deep friendship, which is why I dedicated this poem to him. (His editing suggestions were also very helpful!)
"Big City Cante Intermedio" is one of the poems in a developing manuscript entitled URBAN.
Thank you, Universe.