Alternate Side of the Page Parking

Harlem.  While I double-parked in front of Brands Liquors on 145th the other day, a contractor from Bergan made an offer on the car I am finding hard to refuse.  Since my mechanic Lou’s retired I have tried several mechanics uptown and have yet to find one sufficient to the task of maintaining anything like […]

Letters to Prison

Over the past year, Michael Wilson, the New York Times crime reporter, has been writing about my pen-itentiary pal, Dempsey Hawkins.  We have been corresponding since ’06, when Herb Boyd’s article on Jumel Terrace Books appeared in The Amsterdam News and brought me several correspondances from inmates, Dempsey’s being the only to sustain.  As family […]

Bibliothèque Aimé Césaire aux Anses d’Arlay, Martinique.

With NYC expecting temps 100+, today is perfect for reading Cahier d’un retour au pays Natal or Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Césaire. I recommend Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith’s translation in their edition of The Collected Poetry from University of California, with the Wifredo Lam illustrations.