The first time I set foot in New York was ahead of Christmas 2019 and before the goddamn pandemicThe first time I set foot in New York was ahead of Christmas 2019 and before the goddamn pandemic. I’m not sure if I saw anything of New York, my eyes were filled with rows and rows of leathery and time-worn bleeding pomegranates piled on the shelves of corner fruit shops, from upper Manhattan down and back.
Pre-Christmas New York dipped in Parajanov’s tapestries, red dada sounds of San Francisco poets at Spec’s, red jewels of Elly Simmons and Matisse, women-merchants’ voices at Zhenski Pazar – an outdoor market of Ottoman Era in Sofia, and Patti Smith, counting 365 pomegranate seeds at St.Mark’s Cathedral… hard to physically tell what was going on, only the poem might at least help to explain what I was encountering.
This poem titled “Thanks to Pomegranates” was shortlisted for the 2020 Anthology Escape Wheel by Great Weather for Media, an independent press based in New York City.
Escape Wheel is a dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with Cornelius Eady, a New York City poet. Praised for his approachable and simple language, Eady captures the emotional vulnerability of life in a clean, elegant style.