Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Follow BestAmPo on Twitter

« "After the Opening, 1932" [by Anna Ziegler] | Main | Transnational Mourning [Catharine R. Stimpson] »

December 02, 2008


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Overheard on the Elevator - 12/2/2008 9:00 a.m.:


Can't help asking -- was there really a 13th floor?

Yes. Isn't that strange? I hadn't noticed until she asked me to press it.

i work on a 13th floor. i think lots of bldgs in nyc don't observe this superstition. most hotels seem to though.

Maybe they weren't really there at all -- maybe you just caught the paranormal energy of a long-ago conversation and if you go on the elevator tomorrow, there will be no 13th floor button to push...

Or maybe not.

I once began a poem: "City of elevators without a thirteenth floor." Many Upper West Side buildings lack a thirteenth floor, which means that if you live on the 14th, as I did for several years, it's really the 13th in disguise, and strange things did happen when I lived there. But maybe that had as much to do with the place and the time as the floor. In any case, triskedekaphobia will always be a word I cherish.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Follow BestAmPo on Twitter


I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

Shop Indie Bookstores

This Way Out

by T.P.Winch

Ringfinger was nervous
Pinky terrified
when they learned
that Hand might succumb
to the rule of Thumb.



A creative communications, branding, and resources consultancy founded by Victoria C. Rowan


Reach a Wide International Audience

Advertise on the Best American Poetry Blog