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Poems About People You Know

For this workshop Charlie wants you to write about someone you know.
Listen to Charlie's commentary via the stream or the file download.

   Poem for Dan

In a world of demands
you found a way
to live with your 9 to 5
for the state,
and still do what you love,
you even walk to work
and turn a journey people dread
to inspiration
spewing poems into notebooks
as you stroll through Washington Park

at home you fill shoe boxes
with your photos of unknown poets
write poems about grandmothers
your boots and the blues,
sip bourbon to old
Dexter Gordon tunes
and honk your own sax
while your ballerina daughter
fills out college applications
. . . .
we've travelled thousands of miles
done thousands of poems
for audiences large and small
some almost non-existent
from full house at Nuyorican
and Green Mill
to the staff at the No Exit Cafe
or a handful on the streets
of Hoosatonic Mass.

I see you clearly
in all these places and more--
an urban guy in black beret
on the trails of Hawk Mountain
or camping at Bread and Puppet
in a sport coat

        . . .

--Charlie Rossiter

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