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Jammed 
peacefulness.
SUBWAY BY JOSH SAPAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43 ILLUSTRATION BY Veronica Lawlor
We descend wet, pressed, balancing, swaying in a massive minuet. The train stops. Cathedral quiet punctuated by an ear bud boom and the whisper of a mother. The silent breath is an orchestra of agreement that eight million people will share ceilings, floors, space, air and a ride in harmony. I’m a lifelong train fan, I’ve ridden almost every long distance route in America, some with my son who shares my enthusiasm. On a daily basis I ride the NYC subway, and although it’s often crowded and a little dirty, I find it a lovely affirmation when a diverse group of people stand together in an odd sort of jammed peacefulness. So I thought it would be nice to recognize the uniquely intimate train travel of New York City in a poem. Once I wrote it, I asked the New York City Transit Museum if they would like the poem on a postcard to sell in their gift shop, and they said yes. The museum keeps the proceeds.
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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43

 

SUBWAY

JOSH SAPAN

ISLE DE FRANCE

MARI CASEY

TO ELECT A FISH

ORSON SMITH

ANNIE FINDS A WAY

HELEN REED LEHMAN

GLOBAL DREAMERS

DIANE SAHMS-GUARNIERI

COLLECT CALL FROM AUNT ANN

ELIZABETH CHRISTIE

VISITING HOURS

ROBYN WEAVER

NIKOLINA

SANDRA SHAPIRO

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