November 15th, 2019
An excerpt from Catherine Wald’s poem, “A Rent Stabilized Tenant Ponders Her Demise,” from Issue No. 7 - Autumn 2019, below. Enjoy the weekend.
All of our best,
“In memoriam, R... of Apartment 1F. Died May; discovered June; apartment sealed by police through November; furniture (bureaus, end tables, three-foot tall plaster panther) discarded December; removal of fixtures and interior demolition January; closet construction, taping, plastering and painting February.
After my lifeless body is evicted from the erstwhile parlor of this 1892 row house, a fresh cadre of bulky smokestacking laborers will chuck my kitchen-table-cum-desk, framed posters of operas and medieval botanicals, brocade tag-sale cushions, realistic fake flowers, miniature pine tree, and faux-vintage lamps onto the sidewalk.”
- Catherine Wald.