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Sean Singer

Sean Singer

Sean Singer is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015). He is also the winner the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He drives a taxi in New York City.

Days of Winter

Today in the taxi I brought a Chinese couple, parents of a student at Columbia, from Amsterdam Avenue to JFK. The girl was crying, the mother was crying, etc. The parents sat in silence for most of the trip. They didn't speak English and I didn't speak Chinese. I did offer them a little package of tissues. On the other hand, the sun came out and it warmed to 24 degrees.

A driver should find a fixed object on the road, such as a sign or a tree, and when the car in front passes it, count three seconds before his own car passes it. Then add a second for each hazard—rain, or darkness.

The road is not unlike a little pressed-between vessel that the car pushes along its black bloodstream. A psalm instructs that "It will be as it is said."

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