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New York Notes

1. Caught on a side street in heavy traffic, I said to the cabbie, I should have walked. He replied, I should have been a doctor. 2. When can I get on the 11:33 I ask the guy in the information booth at the Atlantic Avenue Station. When they open the doors, he says. I am home among my people.


From How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems by Harvey Shapiro, published by Wesleyan University Press. Copyright © 2001 by Harvey Shapiro. Used with permission. All rights reserved.


Harvey Shapiro

Harvey Shapiro, born January 27, 1924, is the author of The Sights Along the Harbor: New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2009), How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001), and National Cold Storage Company: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 1988), among others. He died on January 7, 2013.

Date Published: 2001-01-01

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