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Code Words: John Korduba



John Korduba is the poet for people who are bored by poetry. “Each poem is a soft tipped arrow aimed to brush past your funny bone and then bounce off your verse averse heart,” he says. As one of our Code Word contributors, the author of Everybody Gets Lost in Brooklyn will share his unique musings on life in NYC. Prepare to be tickled, New York.


The branch brushes against the window

making me look

but is it the branch that seeks my attention

or the wind

using the branch as its agent?

To play it safe

I assume that they’re


trying to bug me.


Park With Swans

This morning before work

I stopped by a

park with swans

shook off their morning dew and

picked up their briefcases and

marched to the office

leaving me behind to

glide smoothly on the lake

all day

all day

all day long

Where in New York inspires you the most?

Post a comment below and let us know!

  • By Vanessa – 06-30-08 at 3:29 pm

    I like the Park With Swans…..reminds me of something nostalgic…old memories.

    Good Work John!

  • By CiNYC – 07-01-08 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for writing in Vanessa. There will be more of John’s poems coming up in Code Words – so please keep checking back!

  • By jack ames – 07-03-08 at 10:59 am

    Park Swans is a nice moment.
    Today, we need as many of these moments as we can get.

    jack ames

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Code Words: John Korduba

John Korduba is the poet for people who are bored by poetry. Read his poems “Barter” and “Cleaning Day.”

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Code Words: John Korduba

Read the poems Distraction and Park With Swans from “Everybody Gets Lost in Brooklyn”.