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JOHN BURNETT PAYNE.
EMILY AND WALT, WALT AND EMILY

John Burnett Payne (1919-1986) was a well-known New York poet, active in the Manhattan poetry scene in the 1970s and 1980s. His sometimes gritty, sometimes wistful portraits of New York range from a fantasy about Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman passing one another on crosstown buses (one hurtling to a poetry reading, the other fleeing it), to a stark depiction of the run-down movie theaters where the film Taxi Driver was shot. This book includes the full text of Payne's long-unavailable chapbooks, Ghosts Scare Tito Rosa; Tell Me That You Love Me, Con Edison; and At the Corner of Third Avenue and 14th Street. The volume has a foreword by Dennis Barone and an afterword and some annotations by Brett Rutherford.

The 104-page paper print edition is now available. ISBN 0-922558-19-1. 104 pp., 5.5 x 8.5" $14.95, and the PDF download is available for $4.99. To order from Lulu, CLICK HERE.


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