Hello Harriet,
I am Ange Mlinko and I will be your co-conspirator for this segment of your flight.
Last year I left Brooklyn for my own private Hartford, but since the Internet has truly turned all geography into a suburb of Itself, I find myself returning, as always, to a neighborhood of writers; a landscape made wholly of symbols. Now I can say, with John Ash:
It is essential to really look at the place --
I mean the physical city or landscape
you live in, and consider whether it sometimes
inspires feelings of hope and desire, times
when the Platonic ideal of the right place appears,
splendid and ghostly, behind everything that is wrong,
for it is generally certain that a lot of things
will always be wrong. This clouds our vision,
but if you don't, on most days, love the place you live in,
as if it was the only place on earth, you had better get out,
otherwise you may be dead already without knowing it.
(from To the City, Talisman House, 2004)

Originally Published: July 4th, 2007

Ange Mlinko was born in Philadelphia and earned her BA from St. John's College and MFA from Brown University. She is the author of five books of poetry: Distant Mandate (2017); Marvelous Things Overheard (2013), which was selected by both the New Yorker and the Boston Globe as a best book of...

  1. July 5, 2007
     Kenneth Goldsmith

    Hey Ange--
    Welcome! It's great to have you here! And since you've left NYC, I'm sure we'll "meet" here more than in "real" space. Fucking NYC real estate diaspora has shot artists to every corner of the world. At least we have the web, no?
    Yer pal,
    Kenny G

  2. July 5, 2007

    welcome to the madness that is harriet. it'll be great to add your voice to the mix...

  3. July 5, 2007
     Rachel Zucker

    Ange, Welcome! Glad to have you. And thanks for this poem. I often find myself reminding my students look, really look at where they are, and for all my reminding I find myself forgetting to look all too often.

  4. July 5, 2007
     Emily Warn

    Okay, Ange, you've completely distracted me at work today. Stop that! Or rather, thanks for the wander in the "the shoreless city." We're all looking forward to your posts from the "forest of symbols" and from Brooklyn.

  5. July 5, 2007

    Thank you everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the James Schuyler translation via rock progressif!
    As for NYC real estate, I think an above-the-fold discussion of the economics of living there, or in any major city at this point, would be fascinating. Is it really worth it?
    -- A