Omens at Fajardo (1993)
it starts on the highway east
a mangled bicycle, two black shoes
just on the lip of the tar top road a blue car,
the police peacocks preen and strut
out over the Caribbean
the sky is bright brown, in the harbor
a capsized vanilla yacht
bobs, on the shoulders
of the carbonized mountains,
drive slow: dogs snap at tires
speed up: and young toughs chuck
stones at our jeep from the slanted streets
the wind off the bay
smells of dead cod
seagulls circle the drunks:
one bantam one has fast rangy hands
till, from a wrought iron balcony
water, by the pail full
slows him down
as the sun drowns
the first fisherman arrive
they wash in one at a time
then they pile up, steaming
clumps of rot and puss
Verga curates and hosts spoken word & poetry readings at The Cornelia Street Café.
56. (The West Side Highway)By Raphael Rubinstein
JUNE 2021 | The Miraculous
On December 15, 1973, an 80-foot-long section of the elevated highway that runs along the western edge of Manhattan collapses under the weight of a dump truck, plunging the truck, and a passenger car behind it, to the street below. The drivers of both vehicles survive. Ironically, the dump truck is loaded with asphalt intended to repair the dilapidated road. Subsequent inspections reveal that the expressway is in a dangerous state of neglect. For the safety of the public, the entire route is closed to traffic and slated for demolition.
35. February 11, 1963, 23 Fitzroy Road and 3 Abbey Road, LondonBy Raphael Rubinstein
DEC 22–JAN 23 | The Miraculous
Its the nations coldest winter in more than 200 years. Much of the country is covered in snow from December until March. Everything freezes, from water pipes to monumental fountains to streams and rivers. Travel is disrupted, food stocks begin to run low, a regional newspaper reports with dismay that two swans have been found frozen to death on a nearby river.
Panah Panahi’s Hit the RoadBy Kally Patz
JUL-AUG 2022 | Film
Its a specific road theyre traveling, strange and precarious. But with the playful mood in the carthe familys gags and eccentric bitsit often feels like a road anyone could ride. In Hit The Road (2021), Panah Panahi has created a road trip movie about immigration, a tragedy that bounces along with the jubilance of a Hollywood blockbuster.
“Non Ti Schiantare”On the Road to Rome and FascismBy Serge Quadruppani
OCT 2022 | Field Notes
A hundred years after Mussolinis March on Rome, Italy is once again asserting itself as a laboratory of the Western world, with a party directly descended from historic fascism headed for power. Faced with this situation, a Calabrian writer friend recently invited us to come and learn from his people of Aspromonte. These descendants of shepherds and Greek philosophers of millenia past have an saying redolent of centuries of resistance to colonization in the north of Italy: non ti schiantaredont be afraid.