VOICES FROM NEW YORK CITY'S OLDEST PUB
Welcome to mcsorleypoems.com, devoted to my book THE McSORLEY POEMS.
This book is a celebration of the oldest pub in New York City, founded
in 1854. The book is divided into three sections. If Walls Could
Speak: history, personal, local, and national, hangs on the walls
and from the ceilings in McSorleys. These artifacts all have
their own respective auras, if you will, and their own voices. In
the second section, Unsorted Regulars, Misfits, Liars, Heroes &
Psychos, I let the motley medley of characters tell their tales
in their own words. And in the final section, McSorley Phantasma,
the McSorley family ghosts give voice to their stories.
Each visitor to McSorleys imagines their own meaning when studying an artifact, whether it be Nat Feins photograph of the dying Babe Ruth, Houdinis handcuffs, the menacing bullwhip, the inscrutable photo of The McSorley Nine, or the original Wanted Poster for Lincolns Assassin. You wander in a wonderful time warp, and todays regulars are certainly tomorrows characters. In quiet afternoons, the potbelly coal stove glowing, its an easy revery for a patron to sit back, nurse a couple ales, and listen to the ghosts from times gone by. Readers of THE McSORLEY POEMS will find themselves on an exciting trip through time, past and present.