Tag Archives: 1978

BEATEN BY BLONDIE by Peter Nolan Smith

Two boys bullied me the last year of grammar school on the South Shore. The daily beating were witnessed by friends and classmates. Joe Tully and Mark Scanlon were not in good shape. They stopped after a few minutes and everyone wandered home to watch WHERE THE ACTION IS. No one ever tried to help […]

May 2, 1978

Am I a poet? People think so, but they consider poets wastrels without money. Throughout time poets have suffered scorn, hatred, ridicule, apathy, love, and poverty. Hart Crane wrote THE BRIDGE. Sailors threw him off a ship in the middle of the Caribbean. Poe died from drugs, Byron succumbed to disease in Greece, and Joyce […]

THE RULE OF MR. KLAUS by Peter Nolan Smith / Anthony Scibelli

New York City was a ghost town in 1978. The Twin Towers rose over Manhattan, but the city was bankrupt. Seven million people were living in anarchy. The landfill along the Hudson was a long stretch of desolation. Sand blew in all directions. The wind obeyed no rules around the Twin Towers The rich knew […]

Good Girl Trixie Treat Bad Girl

Boys and girls in trouble gravitated to CBGBs in the 1970s. No one had to be good and bad was a virtue. Few were more trouble than Trixie Treat. Like most of us she was her own worst enemy. I didn’t know her, but she handled personal mayhem with great dispatch. Sadly not much has […]

DETECTIVE POEM # 1

Itís Three in the morning And my clientís mistress hasnít left The diplomatís 65th Street townhouse. The blonde wisp went in at One. The upstairs lights went out at One-fifteen. I stand in the alley. The night wind is a little cold. No complaints. Itís my job. To watched someone elseís life. Not a spy. […]