New York Dreaming: How a Poet was Born


Back in 2009, we had a contest where we asked readers to let us know what they liked most about theLoop.  And the winner of “Love Your Loop” received not just a great prize…but a new career.

Leslie-Anne Brill of Mamaroneck entered a poem:

From Raves to Rants
And Rants to Raves
Let’s Eat Out–our local faves
Mooning nannies
Another new bank? Did they vote on that bill?
Male minutiae
Lively debates
Special offers
Mixers at Plates
A spirited hyperlocal fix
Comments from the Editrix
Seizes the day and sees the rat
This Just In and where it’s at
Perspectives on the local poop
They know where you live
So Get In the Loop!

Now Leslie is the author of a new book,  New York Dreaming: Poems of the City, the Suburbs and Daily Life.

“It was that contest that started me, ” Leslie told us.  “I had written a little bit of poetry about 13 years ago, for a few months, and then stopped. I don’t think it actually occurred to me to write a poem again until I thought of writing one for theLoop.”

Here is an excerpt from the book, in a piece about her home town:

Commercial interests bought up land,
on which some Indians remained
until succumbing to disease-
a few, perhaps, enslaved?
But wait:
this book says Richbell was the first to buy
“individual land use rights”
to this land here-
were they then “purchased” twice?
It isn’t clear.

Leslie is married to the suburban foraging guru “Wildman” Steve Brill. You can learn more about Leslie and her book at

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