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A Night in Brooklyn: Poems
by D. Nurkse
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307959325, Hardcover)D. Nurkse’s deeply satisfying new collection is a haunted love letter to the far corners of his hometown, Brooklyn, New York, and a meditation on the selves that were left behind in those indelible places.
Here Nurkse brings alive the particular details that shape a life, in this case unique to the world of Brooklyn—a job at the Arnold Grill, “topping off drafts with a paddle” for the truckers who came in; the deaf white alley cat that mysteriously survived the winter on a stoop in Bensonhurst; the narrow bed where young love took place; the wild gardens behind the tenements. His exploration of this almost mythic city past is combined with a sense of the future speeding toward us—the ongoing riddle of time and being in a larger universe.
. . . And she who was driving said,
We know the coming disaster intimately but the present is unknowable.
Which disaster, I wondered, sexual or geological? But I was shy:
her beauty was like a language she didn’t speak and had never heard.
From “The Present”
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:38 -0400)
Collects poems about the author's hometown, highlighting the lives and places within, including an alley cat that survives a Bensonhurst winter and the untamed gardens found behind some tenements.
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