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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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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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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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Dancing to the music of the Nighthawks at Sofia's in NYC. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Dancing to the music of the Nighthawks at Sofia’s in NYC. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

TIERNEY SUTTON  from her album Dancing in the Dark.

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©.  Flatiron Building. Tri-X collection. c.1990.

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography editor @Blogfinger

 

Like Ocean Grove, the Flatiron Building is on the US National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in 1902 and has a steel triangular frame which sits at 5th Avenue, Broadway, and East 22nd St.  That part of NYC is called the “Flatiron District.”

This building has been a favorite subject of photographers.  The name “Flatiron” refers to the shape of an antique metal clothes iron.

From a photographic point of view of buildings, sometimes you get strange angles, as there is with my photo above which gives the illusion of Flatiron tilting.

Professional architecture photographers use large format cameras with special equipment to get the  correct perspective.

But many early photos of the Flatiron show the same off-perspective, but those photographers just accept the result and don’t comment about it.

Below is Edward Steichen’s famous 1904 night photograph of the Flatiron.  He got the angles just right; probably with a large format camera where you stick your head under a black cloth.

 

Edward Steichen 1904

 

From   Uptown Lowdown, a Jazz Salute to the Big Apple (live) with Warren Vaché   (trumpet), Ken Peplowski (clarinet) and other famous players we have “Rose of Washington Square” and  “Broadway Rose” :

 

 

 

 

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Times Square. NYC. August 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

 

Cast of Showboat:  “Life Upon the Wicked Stage”

 

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The Nighthawks. Vince Giordano is playing tuba and singing. Upper right corner. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. © April, 2013.

The Nighthawks. Vince Giordano is playing tuba and singing (but not simultaneously). Upper right corner. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. © April, 2013.  Click left for full view

 

 

dancers ver 2

 

dancers two

 

VINCE GIORDANO AND THE GRAMMY WINNING NIGHTHAWKS from their album  “The Cotton Club Revisited.”  Vince does the vocal. Harold Arlen wrote this song for the 1932 Cotton Club Parade.

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August 2014. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

Times Square.  August 2014. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge

 

We had a Blogfinger visitor yesterday  from Hong Kong, no small city either.  This music is called “A Countess from Hong Kong” and is a soundtrack selection from the movie Charlie Chaplin.  The performance is by Carl Davis conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Lillie Devereaux Blake Elementary School, founded 1894. It is  a public school on the Upper East Side—one of the best elementary schools in NYC.   Lillie was a suffragist and supporter of public education.  Photo by Paul Goldfinger, BLOGFINGER.net

 

MARLO THOMAS AND HARRY BELAFONTE    From Free to be You and Me

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Mid-town. Theatre District. Paul Goldfinger photo. c. 2013. Blogfinger.net

Mid-town. Theater District. Paul Goldfinger photo. c. 2013. Blogfinger.net.  NYC Street Series.   Click to enlarge. ©

DANIEL REICHARD AND CAST OF JERSEY BOYS.

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