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Community: Journal of Power Politics and Democracy in Hell's Kitchen by [Mary Clark]

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Local democracy in action, with its genuinely virtuous aims and outcomes, its frustrations and machinations. The memoir is comprehensive, articulate, honest and engaging. I'm guessing it will be both a major contribution to the history of NYC politics of the time and also to understanding the nature and scope of community politics generally. - David Selzer, poet and playwright (UK)

About the Author

Mary Clark is the author of Tally: An Intuitive Life and MiamiMorning: A Leila Payson Novel (All Things That Matter Press). Children of Light, a poetry novel, waspublished by Ten Penny Players' BardPress. Other books include Racing TheSun, a Leila Payson novel, and Covenant: When We Left Paradise, anovella. She founded and published the Clinton Chronicle, a midtown NewYork City community newspaper from 1993 to 1998. Her work-in-progress is IntoThe Fire: A Poet's Journey through Hell's Kitchen.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08W3QD2QR
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 18, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1866 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 453 pages
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Mary Clark was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1949, to parents who lived on the Rutgers University campus. Her family moved to Florida, where she spent her formative years, and was infused with a deep awe and respect for the natural world. She was also aware of the lives of migrant workers, segregation, and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Her book, Covenant, a coming-of-age, historical fiction novella, is set in Florida (Kindle only). Children of Light (Ten Penny Players' BardPress) is a modern mythical chain of poems also set in Florida.

She graduated from Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She had a strong sense of being a misfit, which propelled her to find her own place and occupation.

Mary moved to New York City in 1975 and worked at the Poetry Festival at St. Clement's Church in the then outcast wilds of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. For many years she worked for community organizations. In 1993 she started a monthly community newspaper, combining her two loves: the neighborhood and writing. Her memoir, Community: Power Politics and Democracy in Hell's Kitchen, tells that story. A creative memoir, Tally: An Intuitive Life (All Things That Matter Press), is the story of a Bohemian artist she knew in NYC's Greenwich Village.

She is the author of fiction books: Miami Morning: A Leila Payson Novel (All Things That Matter Press), and Racing The Sun, Volume 2 of the Leila Payson Series.

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4.0 out of 5 stars New York City power politics in the 1980's
By Kelley Kay Bowles, Kelley Kaye, Kelley Gusich on June 14, 2021
When I was almost junior in high school—summer of 1987—my family took a road trip covering the whole summer. We traveled from Grand Junction, Colorado, all the way to Portland, Maine. One of my most vivid memories was the stop in New York City. I got in big trouble for running ahead of the family, eagerly taking in everything about the New York of the mid-‘80’s. The sights, the sounds (and the smells) of the big city stuck in my mind forever.
Before and during this time in our history, author Mary Clark lived in Hell’s Kitchen—"Hell's Kitchen, also known as Clinton, is a neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City, west of Midtown Manhattan. It is considered to be bordered by 34th Street (or 41st Street) to the south, 59th Street to the north, Eighth Avenue to the east, and the Hudson River to the west.” She saw, and concurrently worked to create, an historic Manhattan skyline that wasn’t all about money and power politics. Throughout her memoir Community, the reader gets a firsthand view of the people, the arguments, discussions, and compromises happening during some of New York City’s biggest changes of the past fifty years. From an outsider looking in, it is a fascinating journey.

“There is a fire in Hell’s Kitchen, and you are invited to sit by its light and hear in its flames the prayer, the song, a cautionary tale, and an echo of love and rage.” (photo by David Skyrius at Pexels)
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