• Sunshine Dimmed

    Remembering Rock Critic Dennis Metrano

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 24th, 2015

    In a colorful era rotund, red headed bartender to the stars Dennis Metrano was larger than life. Always smiling and upbeat he wrote with passion and insight about rock. We shared zesty memories and the madcap humor of la vida loca.

  • Charles Spencer Looks at King Killers

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 22nd, 2015

    Charles Spencer was feted by Christie’s in New York on publication day and took to the podium like the Today show correspondent he was for almost a decade. He is as good a storyteller live as he is in print. Tracking down regicides is a thriller in Spencer's pen.

  • Elevator Options

    Stairway to Heaven

    By: Yehuda Hanani - Jan 17th, 2015

    Faced with an elevator to heaven or hell the poet explores other options.

  • All Dolled Up

    Beautician Got Busted

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 14th, 2015

    Today beauty parlors are unisex. The first time I freaked and Aldo the beautician got busted as a result of my visit. That never happens in barber shops other than the occasional mafioso getting whacked.

  • Elevator Flirt

    Beauty and the Beasts

    By: Bruce Garlow - Jan 10th, 2015

    Here is an elevator poem from Bruce Garlow. H is a retired town administrator (Richmond, MA), onetime weekly newspaper columnist (formerly with the old Berkshire Courier, the Berkshire Record and now defunct Berkshire Beacon), and editor of the just published book "Becket, Massachusetts: From Colonial Township to Modern Town, 1765-2015."

  • An Elevator Full of Crows

    Cyrano Knows Noses

    By: J.M. Robert Henriquez - Jan 09th, 2015

    Up the river in the heart of darkness seeking the higher elevations. A scattering murder of crows.

  • Dante on the Elevator

    Between Heaven and Hell

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 09th, 2015

    Updating the Divine Comedy from Dante's circles to a post modern elevator. Hell as other people.

  • Elevator Adventure

    Hop On

    By: Pippy Giuliano - Jan 09th, 2015

    All in the family. Here is an Elevator poem from Pippy Giuliano of Annisquam, Mass.

  • Up and Down

    That's life

    By: Carl Chiarenza - Jan 09th, 2015

    The art historian Carl Chiarenza has a few lines on elevators as a metaphor for life.

  • Elevator Shoes

    A Matter of Inches

    By: Bob Fowler - Jan 09th, 2015

    Thinking of elevators what about elevator shoes? My friend Hoey led a short life.

  • Rules of the Elevator

    Discipline for Girls

    By: Gail Burns - Jan 09th, 2015

    Berkshire theatre critic Gail Burns recalls strict rules for the use of elevators in her school for girls. Only under special circumstances could she take a ride down.

  • The Elevator Not Taken

    A Contrarian Poem

    By: Jonas Dovydenas - Jan 08th, 2015

    Back in December during an e mail exchange Jonas pronounced that elevators are not an appropriate subject for poetry. I mentioned this in an e mail blast posting one that attempted to include life's ups and downs both mechanical and spiritual. After much coaxing here is one from Jonas. He states "herewith is my attempt to write a poem on the subject of elevators. As you can see, it seems I can’t get beyond the first line. Congratulations to those who could and did."

  • Correggio in Parma

    Let There Be Light

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 06th, 2015

    If you plan to visit Italian churches bring along a strong flashlight. Often you have to pay to see the masterpieces. Then for just three minutes. That was the case in Parma on a mandate to see the dome by Correggio.

  • First Ride

    A Rappel Down the Memory Chain

    By: J.M. Robert Henriquez - Jan 05th, 2015

    The Haitian born J.M. Robert Henriquez recalls his first ride as a child growing up in Port-au-Prince. It occurred in the Presidential Palace the only building on the island at that time with elevators. He was a companion to the son of the president.

  • Good Elevator Bad Elevator

    Mixed Feelings

    By: Lisa Avery - Jan 05th, 2015

    In an equivalent of fear of flying Lisa Avery has complex memories of the functionality as well as apprehension of taking elevators.

  • Elevator Poem

    Hot Air

    By: David Zaig - Jan 05th, 2015

    Elevator poem entry by David Zaig.

  • Behind Closed Doors

    Sweet Smell of Success

    By: Bob Fowler - Jan 05th, 2015

    In the business district workers, traders and bankers share the confines of elevators in tall office buildings. For some this is a metaphor for the unchecked greed of capitalism. The merry prankster pursues a simple but effective form of organic urban guerrilla warfare. The trick is escaping the blast in the nick of time.

  • Elevators in The Key of E

    Elevates and Elates

    By: Chris Busa - Jan 05th, 2015

    The long time publisher of Provincetown Arts Magazine chimes in on our Elevator Poems contest in the Key of E. Note the unusual form of his verse.

  • Race Week

    Splitting Tacks in Marblehead

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 04th, 2015

    Every class of boats came from the North Shore to compete during Marblehead Race Week. There were parties on the porch of the Corinthian and car pools to take us back and forth. Then a storm came that tested our seamanship. It came down to a grudge match with Bobby my best friend and bitter opponent.

  • Kiss

    On the Bus

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 04th, 2015

    Pretty and smart Sheliah Murphy was always one step ahead of me. On the bus I made my move and paid the price.

  • Lizard King

    Adonis Went to Paris to Die

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 04th, 2015

    After he exposed himself on stage in Florida the career of Jim Morrison tanked. He died in a bathtub in Paris. His grave continues to be a shrine attracting a daily stream of visitors. I witnessed this during Spring Break some years ago.

  • Yoko Ono

    Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 03rd, 2015

    There were mixed emotions about meeting the artist and musician, Yoko Ono, the notorious woman said to have broken up the Beatles. Over tea in the soft afternoon light I took pictures as we spoke intimately of her work and life with John. With warmth, insight and charm my resistance melted with depth and compassion.

  • Jules Olitski

    Odd Encounters

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 03rd, 2015

    I drove to Vermont in my quirky Alpha Romeo to meet the artist Jules Olitski. He gave me the bum's rush as Clement Greenberg was about to arrive. Later at the Ritz he downed a bottle of scotch as we discussed his exhibitions at the MFA.

  • Paternoster - Old European Elevators

    A Poem in English and German

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jan 03rd, 2015

    You may as well pray and wish to complete a 'Paternoster-Ride' unharmed. Accidents happened - to grown ups! As children we considered it great fun and sneaked into one of the tall office buildings in the city, where we stayed on for a long time or until a super chased us out....

  • Pearl Diving

    Low Tide Archaeology

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 01st, 2015

    Working as a waiter was a total bust. Never learned to serve or suck up. It was better in the kitchen but long hours on busy weekends.

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