Every Person (in New York and Elsewhere)

In 2008 Jason Polan started a drawing project called EVERY PERSON in NEW YORK (everypersoninnewyork.blogspot.com). He’s drawing us all. Some people are famous. Most are not. I love the project, and the site. When I started my interminable endless novel, one of the ideas was to portray, in verse, every person in Middlefield, the town I created, based on many REAL TOWNS (and one in particular) with a population whose number I have frequently changed. (Maybe there are 218 people there.) So many of my poems are Middlefield portraits. And the people have More Than One Appearance. Jason Polan can’t do that because there are eight million people in New York City (what a novel that would be. Aha)

Paul

Sometimes he
works at the post office.
One of those
is that a joke
yes it is
sense of humors
he’s been married
a few times he’s
very very big
likable even though
his politics
are not. Last week
when I went in
to buy stamps
he said I’ve
got a sheet of
Jimi Hendrix
for you. You wouldn’t
know this just
by looking
said Paul
but I know
my customers.
Tom over the hill
he’d rather be dead
than put a Jimi
on his electric bill.
Not you he said.
Am I right?

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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