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The Poetry of Everyday LifeStorytelling and the Art of Awareness$
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Steve Zeitlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702358

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702358.001.0001

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Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits

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(p.13) 1 Kindred Spirits
The Poetry of Everyday Life

Steve Zeitlin

Cornell University Press

In this chapter, the author shares the wisdom and wit of some extraordinary people, the “kindred spirits,” as well as the lessons he has learned from each of them, such as Tony Butler, who made his home in the tunnels of the New York City subway; the photographer Margaret Morton, who took pictures of the structures where many homeless people live in the tunnels and under the bridges of Manhattan; Ethel Mohamed, a seamstress who began to embroider her memories after the death of her Lebanese husband; Moishe Sacks, a retired baker and the unofficial rabbi of the Intervale Jewish Center in the South Bronx; Kewulay Kamara, from whom he learned about how an ancient mythology can shape a way of life far from its indigenous roots; former medicine show doc Fred Bloodgood; the young subway graffiti writer Skeme; and Mae Noell, from whom he learned about publishing, finding your voice, and sticking to your guns. The author concludes by recounting some wonderful expressions he has picked up from his travels.

Keywords:   wisdom, wit, New York City, homeless, ancient mythology, graffiti, publishing, expressions, travel

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