Local Poet offers an Acrostic/Telestich poem about the Highland Crossing Trail

Local Poet offers an Acrostic/Telestich poem about the Highland Crossing Trail

[The ruins of the abandoned farmhouse on the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton where an old man once kept emu. Photo: David Kramer, 2/22/21, from Exotic animals once lived next to the Highland Crossing Trail]

Monday, March 1st started the way any day starts for poet and educator Kitty Jospé: rise at 4:15 am, write, journal, organize tasks for the day. This particular day, her two tasks were to announce the arrival of her 6th book, Sum : 1, published by FootHills publishing, and to write an ekphrastic poem responding to pictures taken in Talker‘s articles about the Highland Crossing Trail. The poem was completed by 7 am and emailed along with a flyer about her new book.

As Kitty puts it, as the proceeds for the book will go to East House, she thought about those who might have inhabited the abandoned buildings on the trail.

The title of Sum : 1 plays on the concept of respecting each “someone” in the Sum of us. She remains an eternal optimist, convinced that caring about people and their stories can foster a cultivation of respect and dignity and help dispel criticism and distrust.

You’ve met Kitty at the Poets Walk on University Avenue, at the Poetry Oasis reading group at Rundel Library  and (sort of) on the Genesee River.

Kitty offers the acrostic/telestich poem “Triggers as Activators of Mystery.” An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet.

The oranges referenced in Kitty’s poem. [Photo: David Kramer, 2/16/21, from Before and after the (disappointing) Déluge at the Highland Crossing]

Kitty Jospé, March 1st, 2021, Rochester, NY


The ruins of the farmhouse of the semi-hermit who owned exotic animals [Photo: David Kramer, 2/20/21, from Exotic animals once lived next to the Highland Crossing Trail]

Below is the flyer for Kitty Jospé’s Sum : 1. The pdf has all the clickable links you’ll need. FootHills is arranging a zoom reading to promote Sum : 1 on March 15.  The event is free, however, people interested should contact her at [email protected] to reserve a spot.


Exotic animals once lived next to the Highland Crossing Trail

Emotions recollected in tranquility on University Ave

Kitty Jospé provides noon nourishment for the mind at Rundel.

“Looking at the Genesee River” by Kitty Jospé

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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