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Nights of 1964-1966: The Old Reliable

Marilyn Hacker


Nights of 1964-1966: The Old Reliable

Marilyn Hacker


Poem introduction

The Old Reliable is a bar that was then on East 3rd Street between Avenue B and C, and it's a bar that I frequented with various friends at that time. And this is a poem that was written some twenty years later about those days and it's dedicated to Lewis Ellingham who now lives in San Francisco, and it has an epigraph from James Fenton's poem 'In a Notebook', "the laughing soldiers fought to heir defeat".

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