Jose Padua

When I was a kid I thought that the greatest record ever made was the 1968 mod orchestral rendering of of Jimmy Webb’s lost love opus, MacArthur Park. For me, MacArthur Park was a flash of wisdom, an epiphany a...

Jose Padua

I give to you a portrait of America in trash. I give it to you with love and respect, America:   mountains of beer cans crumpled, plastic figures with fallen action, black velvet portraits of Elvis   with...

Jose Padua

                      If Connie is short for Constance is Bon- nie then short for Bonstance? Was the proper name, then, of the bank robbing team of the 3...

Jose Padua

The earliest memories I have are a morning when I was four or five in 1962 or 1963, putting on my shoes in our old apartment on “S” Street before going out to play, standing on the cobblestones in Williamsbur...

Jose Padua

I could write a poem about Thelonius Monk by saying how he bent notes, or how Uri Geller bent spoons, how his jagged rhythms took   you by surprise, how it’s hard to believe these phrases, or by tryin...

Jose Padua

When I moved to New York I got a job with Nice Titties/Show Us Your Cock magazine. We were the competition and I wrote the captions. Whenever the Village Voice used the phrase “post- modern urban griot deconstr...

Jose Padua

I am not the Avenue of the Americas; I have never been topless at Billy's Topless— no one in Manhattan ever called the Avenue of the Americas the Avenue of the Americas we called it Sixth Avenue. https://youtu.be...