First published in the July 1961 issue of Swank, but having escaped from inclusion in The Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman [edited by Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, and Tate Swindell], “Tin Pan Alley” has been reprinted at IMPART INK, an errant studio, in days of disaster and disease, two decades into the twenty-first century, in an edition of 61 copies, which are to be sold to benefit the poet’s son, Parker, on his 61st birthday in October MMXX.
Poem and Poster
No one has ever written a song about Coronary Thrombosis, Even though its blessings have been widely recognized . . . Even though it has saved many people from a lifetime of sorrow . . . Even though it has rescued many people from bottomless pits of Death . . . Even though it has provided a good life for millions of doctors, nurses, Ambulance drivers, morticians, stonecutters and countless others. Yet, on ungrateful Tin Pan Alley No one has ever written a song about Coronary Thrombosis.