The stillness of the early hours hasn’t broken yet.
Lonely headlights are striking the highway’s glassy surface when I enter the borough of Centralia.
The road is dark, sharp and slippery, winding through naked trees and into the wintry Pennsylvanian mist.Thick layers of clouds are concealing the hills, black rocks and silver birches lingering in the morning’s dim blue haze.Hung around Greenwich Village early 1950s and was friend of painter Iris Brody. Was the "junkey girl" with whom Kerouac had brief affair in New York, as mentioned in his letter to Ginsberg, dated early May 1954 in Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, Vol.1.In 1955 Mary married jazz drummer Art Mardigan, who played with Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and others.A rusty tin canteen rattles against the leather cartridge box on his belt.
He marches out of the shadows of the elms with his fellow soldiers, blinded by the sunlight and the smoke. Auden, Chester Kallman and Alan Ansen in New York, 1950s.Born Jacksonville, Florida, to fruit-picker parents. Grew up in the Bronx, New York, trained as nurse but became secretary/ bookkeeper.Rusted street signs are the only hint that a city was ever here. Dead shrubs and brown weeds have cracked the blacktop, with snow patches and litter scattered everywhere the eye can see. Almost nothing is left of this former community of 1,400.A few buildings remain, most of them old row houses deprived of their neighbors, needing brick retainers to help them stand up without adjoining structures. Everyone else left after a long-lasting mine fire rendered the place uninhabitable, resulting in a government-mandated evacuation. In 1937 fought in the Spanish Civil War, one of two Americans chosen to lead guerrilla warfare behind Franco's lines. Several of his pieces of writing published in the New Masses.