Place Poem: “Columbus Park”

I’m planning a trip to New York — I almost wrote, “home” to New York, though I haven’t lived there in years — where my family and I will be staying way downtown, in the thick of Manhattan’s original streets. It got me thinking about Columbus Park — not far from Wall Street, and a stone’s throw from my first “office” job on Duane Street. Anne Pierson Wiese’s poem, from her first collection, FLOATING CITY, captures the fragrant old park — now angled into Chinatown, but with visible roots back to mid-19th century’s Five Points — with sharp, layered...

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