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Greetings from Manhattan. Walking and poetry are both rhythmic activities that I have tried, in several poems, to bring together to create a unified effect. Here is “A Couple” from my 2010 poetry collection, Brief Intervals of Harmony.

 

Best wishes,

Charles Pierre

 

Upper East Side, New York City. August.2014, By Paul Goldfinger ©

Upper East Side, New York City. August.2014, By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

 

 

A Couple

By Charles Pierre

 

That man and woman walking side by side

almost glide together through the evening,

parting the oncoming crowd with a singleness

of rhythm that erases the differences in height

and stride. Palm to palm, with fingers entwined

and arms swinging between them, they keep

their shoulders straight and eyes fixed forward,

talking without turning aside, letting the words

swirl around them in a cloak of conversation.

His left to her right, they reflect one another,

both wanting an equal partner but remaining

self-possessed, the emptiness of darkest space

less a threat than if each were facing it alone,

though their need for connection goes mostly

unconfessed: a solitary pair accustomed

to the same pace, limbs moving in unison

through the rush of wind leading night’s advance.

 

 

Frank Vignola plays Gershwin.   “Our Love is Here to Stay.”

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Central Park. August, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo © NYC Street Series. Click to enlarge and really see her bike.

Central Park. August, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo © NYC Street Series. Click to enlarge and really see her bike.  Did you say you want to see her on the bike?

 

 

SAM COOKE    from his album  Love and Let Love.  “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” (1937) by George and Ira Gershwin.  Fred Astaire sang it in the 1937 film Shall We Dance.

 

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"I want that one..." By Paul Goldfinger. Flushing, Queens Chinatown. October 2012. Click left for full view. Copywrite 2012

“I want that one…” By Paul Goldfinger. Flushing, Queens Chinatown. October 2012. Click for full view.©   Click back arrow to return.

 

Text and all photos by Paul Goldfinger, egg roll editor @Blogfinger.  David Fox mentioned Flushing for Asian food, so here is our post about a visit there:

 

Flushing is an area in the borough of Queens. It was founded in the 17th century by the Dutch. In the 20th century, until 1970, the population was mostly Italian and Greek. Now it is home to a huge Asian community including one of the largest Chinese districts outside of Asia. Also there are many Koreans as well as South Asians such as Indians and Sikhs.

The Chinese food markets are huge and fun to walk through with all the unusual choices—especially produce and seafood. Much of the fish are alive in big tanks. It is the ultimate in fresh fish, just behind actually catching it yourself. I heard that Japanese tuna fishermen like to slice a hunk of sushi right on deck after catching a big one.

So we went to Flushing with some Chinese friends who led us around like two tourists in Shanghai. It was great fun. I noticed that most of the people were in a hurry. They seemed to be focused, not looking around much or stopping to chat. What does that mean? Who knows?

I didn’t even know what to order in a restaurant. Our friends took care of choosing the dim sum. Everything tasted wonderful but one item that was fried omentum.

SOUNDTRACK: This song is from Flower Drum Song, original London cast album. It’s about Chinatown, only this one is on the left coast. “Dong dong, you’re in Hong Kong:”

 

 

Here’s a slide show : Just click on one photo, and the display will change to something more user friendly, compliments of WordPress. com; Follow the large arrows.

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Bryant Park at 6th Ave. and 42nd St. William Earl Dodge is up on his pedestal. Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©

Bryant Park at 6th Ave. and 42nd St.  In the background is the NY Public Library.  William Earl Dodge (a champion of the American Indian)   is up on his pedestal. Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©   Click to enlarge the image.

 

 

DJANGO REINHARDT  “Brazil”  There actually is an Americas theme in Bryant Park, where there is a statue of Jose Bonfacio de Andrada e Silva who is the patriarch of Brazilian independence.

Interestingly, today  (2015)  the Smithsonian is announcing the discovery of a slave ship that sunk in 1794 off Cape Town.  It was carrying slaves from Mozambique to Brazil where they would work the sugar fields.  Slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888.

And, you have of course heard of the Avenue of the Americas which runs parallel to Bryant Park.

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Paul Goldfinger ©. New York City, Greenwich Village. TriX collection. Undated

 

BOB DYLAN  From his recent album Triplicate   (2017).   The song is from the 1930’s when Frank Sinatra  recorded it with the Harry James Orchestra.

Now this lovely song is rescued from the dustbins of musical history by Bob Dylan.

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Wollman Rink. By Paul Goldfinger from the NY Street Series. © undated.

Wollman Rink. By Paul Goldfinger from the NYC Street Series. © undated. Click to enlarge.

GRAN ORQUESTA VIENESA DE CONCIERTOS.  “The Skaters Waltz”

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Central Park, 2014.  By Paul Goldfinger   ©

 

ROY ORBISON AND EMMYLOU HARRIS

 

Emmylou Harris.

Emmylou Harris.

 

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NYC. By Stephen Goldfinger. 2014. Blogfinger.net staff ©

NYC. Central Park.  By Stephen Goldfinger. 2014. Blogfinger.net staff ©

 

JOHN COLTRANE. “Nancy With the Laughing Face.”

 

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Times Square. From our NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger © 2014

 

 

FRANK SINATRA:

 

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In the Village, NYC. Springtime.  2015  ©  Paul Goldfinger. Tri-X collection.

 

 

MILES DAVIS     “Springsville”   is from his famous album Miles Ahead.  The album was arranged by Gil Evans. There were 20 musicians on the album, and Miles played flugelhorn throughout.  “Springsville is the #1 track.”

 

 

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