The Cerebral Jukebox

A Collection Of Urban Poetry


"She could see to the horizon to where the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges formed necklaces." So writes Susan Margulies Kalish in The Cerebral Jukebox, her first collection of poetry. With an astute eye for the telling detail, she evokes her childhood in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Stuyvesant Town, a middle-class housing development of a hundred look-alike buildings, became her mid-city haven during the baby boom that followed the second World War.


Her favorite jukebox hits of the Fifties filter through free verse vignettes, recalling a time of innocence, while the songs of the Sixties echo the turbulence of her coming of age in a time of great change. In succeeding sections she celebrates family, travel, and historical connection, bringing the book's jukebox journey full circle.


Complete with the author's illustrations that eloquently weave together family and neighborhood photographs throughout, The Cerebral Jukebox shares unforgettable recollections from one woman's life as she matures from childhood to adulthood in the greatest city in the world.



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