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Ben Sonnenberg

Ben Sonnenberg started the magazine Grand Street in 1982 and gave it up in 1991. Lost Property: Memoirs and Confessions of a Bad Boy has been reprinted by Counterpoint.

Two Poems

Ben Sonnenberg, 6 November 2003

Men

We often elude the scimitars of the zouaves among the furniture by being geese.

Or deodars so that striking at us you also hit your sacred tree.

(Ha ha, say we. You say, Just you wait.)

Vitale

Remember Vitale, the old aesthete knifed to his death on Mulberry Street. I hear he said, sinking to his knees, on the first night of San Gennaro,

Enfin, quelque chose m’arrive!

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