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I Drive a Taxi, But I’m Also

A Pushcart-Nominated Poet
Davidson Garrett

Tell me about your book, King Lear of the Taxi.
It’s a self-portrait, really. I’ve got a poem in there about driving Lauren Bacall and another about an encounter with Mother Teresa in the South Bronx. Taxi-driving subsidizes my art.

Sounds like it inspires it, too.
It does. The Pushcart nom was for a poem I wrote about a passenger: a fish-food salesman.

Is that code for drug dealer?
No, actually. He really sold fish food. You meet the world behind your head in here.