Lenny Kates

Rookie (January 4,1941 / Bronx, New York)

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Eleven Scenes Of Growing Up On Townsend Avenue, Bronx, New York, The 1940s

Eleven Scenes of Growing Up On Townsend Avenue, Bronx, New York, The 1940s

By Lenny Kates


I
Dark chocolate, café au lait, beige-orange
frowning, laughing, sweating, straining muscular men.
Coal truck bed is tilting. Noisy gears and lubricant odors fill the air.
Anthracite and bituminous mix together pouring down
friction polished scratched steel coal chutes.
Coal-dust covered biceps and triceps, muscled arms, gloved hands,
shoveling coal into the rusty iron lined coal door,
into the bowels of my red brick, gray mortared apartment ...

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