For the sake of an instant in the eyes

Canal Street (Which is the Bright Light of Shipwreck) ©MAIERMOUL
Canal Street (Which is the Bright Light of Shipwreck) ©MAIERMOUL

The emotions are engaged
Entering the city
As entering any city.

We are not coeval
With a locality
But we imagine others are,

We encounter them. Actually
A populace flows
Thru the city.

This is a language, therefore, of New York

– George Oppen, Of Being Numerous, section 3