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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 deli near my house

is run by immigrants

who sometimes misspell

and so

as I arrive for coffee

I see a sign that reads

“Sadwishes 2 dollars”

and for once

I am glad

I only have a dollar.


Everybody Gets Lost in Brooklyn

On the sidewalk I see

someone’s abandoned belongings

the most interesting of these being

a stone carved head

It’s a pharaoh, I’m sure!

hello your greatness

no vacant pyramids ‘round here I’m afraid

but take this jelly donut as offering

and remember me in the next life

when maybe

I’ll be asking you

for directions.


  • By Michael T. – 04-14-08 at 11:51 pm

    Folks, coming from a very simple person, with a very vast background of absolutly nothing, I have to say, I LOVE THIS GUY!
    Is he really from Brooklyn?

  • By Kim K. – 04-16-08 at 8:44 am

    Words come from the heart where only real voices can be heard – cool indeed!

  • By CiNYC – 05-15-08 at 11:43 am

    Hey Michael and Kim! Thanks for your comments. John Korduba was actually born in Yorkshire, England. His family moved to the US and settled in Williamsburg when he was 2 years old. You can read about John on his Keep checking out the site and posting more comments about stuff you like. We love to hear from you guys!

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Code Words: John Korduba

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