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April 28, 2023


This is one swell / Villanelle.

Whst is the relationship, if any, between Diversey Aevnue in Chhcago and the mind-set of, say, a Chicago taxi dirver?

I was a Chicago taxi driver. Although I grew up two blocks from Diversey, I stayed away from it as a driver. Maybe that was a good idea, or a big mistake. It was a true Damon Runyon environment.

Did Diversey means something in a language that we might dub "black jazz"?

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I left it
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left the house
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of coming back
ten hours later
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of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
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