The Hush

The Hush

[Photo: David Kramer]

by George Cassidy Payne

The Hush  

is hearing

yourself blink


a seductive vent

where words vanish


before they are

blown apart


a child believing

in a dandelion

Footprints in the snow. 3/7/20. [Photo: David Kramer] from On the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton after an early March snowfall

or a log bridge

overtook with snow


the signs and temples

along the way


where we must walk

all messiah-like

Brandon Young in the distance. 1/29/18 [Photo: David Kramer] from Lily Pond, Highland Park’s hidden ice hockey rink.

on the half-frozen water

of the Siamese Ponds


chanting our mantras

on purposeful accident

Left by a well wisher on one of the bridges. 12:09 p.m. May 7th, 2020 [Photo: David Kramer] from During a dusting of May snow, revisiting the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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