June 20, 2021
Calcutta comes to the U.S.
Calcutta: two toilets connected by a sewer.
Seattle is just as bad or worse.
And San Francisco is rapidly becoming another Skid Row.
“From the blind gut Pitt to the East River of Fishes
The Avenue cobbles a swath through the discolored air,
A roadway of refuse from the teeming shores and ghettos,
And the Caribbean Paradise, into the new ghetto and new paradise,
This God-forsaken Avenue bearing the initial of Christ
Through the haste and carelessness of the ages,
The sea standing in heaps, which keeps on collapsing,
Where the drowned suffer a C-change,
And remain the common poor.”
From “The Avenue Bearing the Initials of Christ into the New World” by Galway Kinnel
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