Acknowledgment: The Rumpus Poetry

“Let the wild rumpus start!”

Actually, it’s been going on for a minute at The Rumpus with some of the best writing on writing on the web and I’m honored to be down with that. I’m extra thrilled at the fact that they chose “Ode to Government Cheese” as part of their National Poetry Month Celebration. It’s one of my favorite poems because it encapsulates so much of what I want Anywhere Avenue to do, give insight and personal perspective to growing up in the Bronx on the underside of Reaganomics while maintaining integrity and, always, a sense of humor. It also allows for some interesting conversations with folks who also remember what it was like to have that ole block of cheese staring back at them on the meal plate.

Author: Oscar Bermeo

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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