Everywhere Here and In Brooklyn
(A Four Quartets)
As a conceptual process I took every phrase in Eliot’s poem and wrote what I considered to be its energetic opposite: for example, translating 20th century references to the 21st century and updating what I felt were the more obscure allusions. I transposed his “East Coker” and “Little Gidding” to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, my neighborhood of fifteen years. Like a sound wave, the poem started vibrating to other locations that were meaningful to my conscious antennae at the time such as Puget Sound and the Gulf of Mexico.
An except was published in Brooklyn Poets: