The Daily News has a feature today on Geoffrey Bartholomew, the poet bartender at McSorley's since 1972.
Bartholomew, who took writing classes at City College where his teachers included Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, just published his second collection of poems, titled "Light or Dark."
Here's a sampling via the News:
from “Restaurant Inspection”
They come in all shapes & sizes
both guys and gals
thermometers and test strips
eyeballing it all
protecting your health
The violation reads:
I did see 9/10 live flies
Well, effing bully for you
but at $100 a fly
that’s an even grand
On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bartholomew and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright will be give a reading at McSorley's.
You can find the McSorley's Poems website here.