- NYS Writers Institute
Poetry Friday: "Chocolate Croissant"
By Dan Wilcox
I want a chocolate
I just had a massage &
I need my decadence to
a chocolate croissant & a
however you spell it
a cappuccino & a chocolate
in the Time of COVID-19
my decadent response
to maybe not having
decadent chocolate croissant
& cappuccino after a
By Dan Wilcox © 2021 All rights reserved.
We featured Dan in a video interview with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl last July. See video.
What was the inspiration for this poem?
I was to have a massage on Thursday morning at Balance Massage in Delmar, and was thinking of going to Perfect Blend now that they are allowing some dining-in for a croissant and a cappuccino, and my revery became the poem.
When was the last time you attended an in-person poetry event?
It looks like it was March 11, 2020, at the 2nd Wednesday Open Mic at C.R.E.A.T.E. space in Schenectady hosted by Jackie Craven; it continues on Zoom, you can find a link at the "Writers Mic" Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WritersMic
We recently lost Ferlinghetti. You met him when he visited Albany. Any memory you’d like to share?
We'll always have Ferlinghetti with us, in his poetry and in the poetry inspired with others. Tom Nattell brought him to Albany in September 1994. Ferlinghetti stayed at Tom's house in Albany and Charlie Rossiter and I went over there to hang out while Ferlinghetti took a nap.
When he got up and we met I gave him a "3 Guys from Albany" tee-shirt and he gave me one of his City Lights tee-shirts. Later when Tom got cancer Ferlinghetti sent Tom a postcard (he seemed to like to send postcards) that said "Keep your pecker up."
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021) with the "3 Guys from Albany" at the home of Tom Nattell, Albany, NY, September 30, 1994. From left to right, Dan Wilcox, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tom Nattell and Charlie Rossiter. (Photo by Mary Anne Winslow)
You recently received your first dose of the vaccine. What are you most looking forward to after your second dose?
I'm looking forward to visiting family in Philadelphia and to getting back to Gloucester for some salt air.
Any advice for us as we roll toward Spring?
My advice to everyone is "stay negative."
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