Haikus for New York City: Seventeen Syllables for Nine Million People (Hardcover)
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There are infinite stories about New York City, here are 41 in haiku form. In this love letter to his favorite city, lifelong New Yorker Peter C. Goldmark, Jr. has crafted a collection of haiku that are simultaneously nostalgic and perceptive. Touching on everything from the city's beloved landmarks to the rising costs of living and the famous lie, There is a train directly behind this one, the poems in this book capture the true essence of this special place. Given everything New York has endured recently, this book offers a timely celebration of a unique and wonderful city and its people--written to honor the ties and realities that bind them together. Alongside the sweet, and often funny, haiku poems, wistful illustrations help bring New York to life. From the preface by the author:
And then as 2019 and 2020 unfolded, both our country and our city came under stress. The adventure in self-government in America began to wobble seriously. And then the COVID pandemic hit. All this made me realize how much I valued my city--its beauty, its diversity and variety, its remarkable people, its grit and resilience...and how fragile and unique it was. A portion of the proceeds supports Citizens NYC, a non-profit that helps neighborhoods work together to meet challenges like COVID.
About the Author
Born in Manhattan during WWII, Peter C. Goldmark, Jr. has lived most of his life as a New Yorker. He works as a global strategy consultant with foundations and other organizations seeking to address the huge challenges that confront us in this moment in history. As a creature of public life, Peter has run foundations, newspapers, and government agencies, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur, the French equivalent of a knighthood, for his work as CEO and Publisher of the International Herald Tribune, based in Paris. Peter began writing poetry at the age of 40, though mostly privately, as a vehicle for making sense of the world. He currently lives near Prospect Park in Brooklyn with his wife Aliette. www.haikusfornyc.com About the Illustrator: Sandra Goldmark, Peter's daughter, is a designer, teacher, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on circular economy solutions to overconsumption and climate change. She is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Sustainability and Climate Action at Barnard College, and the author of Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet. www.sandragoldmark.com