Word on the Street
Hotel Seville


Photo: Amy Barone
By Amy Barone

Its Beaux-Arts crown will continue to impress passersby.

No longer destined to make way for a new luxury dorm,

the landmarked hotel lives on by Madison Square North.



Haunting green bay windows remain,

take me back to somewhere sweet.

They once welcomed single ladies traveling solo

when the idea was thought a bit shocking.



Sand-hued limestone lion heads and foliage

survived a century of noise and wear.

Its red brick façade stands tall amid

glass skyscrapers lacking heart.



A Tiffany skylight adorns modern décor.

Years ago, once inside, I looked out

while dancing to forro sounds at a Brazil Day bash.



Now when I walk by, especially at dusk,

I linger to gaze at grandness, listen to its music.



Amy Barone's new poetry collection, “We Became Summer,” from New York Quarterly Books, was released in early 2018. She wrote chapbooks “Kamikaze Dance” (Finishing Line Press) and “Views from the Driveway” (Foothills Publishing). Barone's poetry has appeared in Café Review, Paterson Literary Review, Sensitive Skin, and Standpoint (UK), among other publications. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas poetry community. From Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City.