The Central Office

Every day I took the 4.
I rarely got a seat or thought
about the fact that we were
hurtling through a tunnel.
The 4 Express – Brooklyn

Borough Hall to Union
Square in fifteen minutes
on a day without police
activity. At 68th I switched
for the local 6, walked east

a mile, beyond the numbered
avenues— Third, Second,
First—a stiff wind
off the river I sped
under to get there.


Hilary Sideris has recently published poems in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Free State Review, Gravel, The Lake, Main Street Rag, Rhino, Salamander, and Southern Poetry Review. She is the author of Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014), The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016), Un Amore Veloce (Kelsay 2019) and The Silent B (Dos Madres 2019).

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