Fight, But With Kindness

When a friend learns I’m attending a poetry event at Washington Square Park, I am told to be careful. We know why: the anti-Trump protests in Portland that devolved into riots, a news crew attacked, a protester shot. On the third consecutive day of anti-Trump protests in cities nationwide, New York City, so far, has … Continue reading Fight, But With Kindness

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Putting Myself In the Way of Beauty

I’m sitting among the musty shelves of New York City’s oldest independent bookstore, unable to stop smiling. After more than a year of living here, I’ve ventured—at last—to my first writing meet in the city. For months I blamed location—the relatively remote Woodlawn section of the Bronx—from joining fellow writers at work. Sure, I write … Continue reading Putting Myself In the Way of Beauty