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Waxing Poetic

Posted 6/14/2006

Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a politician when he or she is not busy thinking about getting re-elected?

Neither do we, but nonetheless, we have been offered the opportunity to get a deeper glimpse into the psyche of one local pol who recently sent us a copy of her new book of poems. Baltimore City Del. Catherine Pugh (D-40th District) has published a book of “poetry in motion” called Mind Garden: Where Thoughts Grow. The book is divided into sections, titled Giving, Reflection, Observations, and Wisdom (in case you didn’t catch that, put the first letter of each word together and it spells “grow”), and it contains poems about Sept. 11, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, crime—and the stuff all great poetry is really about: love, sex, and insecurity.

Here, have a little taste.

From “He Says He Loves Me”:

    He says he loves me...but does he really care. . .
    I don’t think he knows my favorite color, my hopes, dreams, or despair...
    He says he loves me...
    But not once has he asked...
    Can I massage your feet...draw your bath...
    I don’t think he even knows my favorite tea...
    Or the kind of book that amuses me...
    We’ve never been dancing, laid by a tree...
    Sat in the sand or run down a beach...

And that’s all you’ll get from us this week. The book retails for $14.95. If you want to find out more about Pugh’s take on the world, you’ll have to get your own copy.


The Morgue

Marriage Law, 100 Years Ago This Week

Source: The Baltimore News, June 15, 1906.

Dwarf Bigamist Convicted. The three wives of the 3-foot-11-inch tailor who is known as Charles Jerusalemsky, also as Jersalinsky, Levy and Cohen, shook hands in Judge O’Sullivan’s court yesterday when the jury filed into court and . . . announced that the little fellow was guilty of bigamy. “I am only sorry that I can’t go to a place where I can get married again!” exclaimed the midget. . . . The little tailor did not take the witness stand. His first two wives swore positively that he had married them. A rabbi was also a witness for the prosecution, as was a son by the first wife.

Lying Cop, 100 Years Ago This Week

Source: The Baltimore News, June 15, 1906.

Policeman Guilty of Perjury. Policeman Henry Morton, formerly of the McAdoo Vice Squad, was convicted of perjury yesterday before Justice Scott . . . Morton was one of several officers who had part in the arrest of Bertha Claiche, the French girl who killed Emile Gendron, a worthless character of the Tenderloin, last summer. Morton testified at her trial on a charge of murder that Gendron, just before the woman shot him, exclaimed in English: “You’ve got me pinched now, but I’ll kill you when I get out!” The prosecution proved that Gendron could not speak a word of English.

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