Different Slants

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I Can Be Alone in a City…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Bewilderment,My Own Personal Hell — Bob at 8:30 am on Friday, January 18, 2019

by Robert M. Katzman © January 16, 2019

I can be alone in a city

A noisy busy city filled with people

Waves of people surging like an ocean

Like two rivers flowing back and forth

I can see the space between them

As if navigating the horizon

I can see the path that isn’t really there 

There’s something about all the voices

Something about the scraping footsteps

The clicks of the high heels

Horns randomly beeping near and far

A distant police siren growing louder

All blending together

Creating a stream of sound

But depending on the moment

A vague sense of dislocation

An inability to connect from within

Like opening a book in the middle

Not knowing the coming from the going

What is important to comprehend

What is just incidental distraction

I have been alone in deserts

Hearing the wind in my ears

The sand blowing into crescents

Squinting at the naked sunlight

Not a soul there to make me twist and turn

But it is not the same without the people

To really be alone, to be certain I’m alone 

I need to be lost among masses of people

Publishing News!

Bob Katzman’s two new true Chicago books are now for sale, from him!
Vol. One: A Savage Heart  and Vol. Two: Fighting Words

Gritty, violent, friendship, classic American entrepreneurship love, death, heartbreak and the real dirt about surviving in a completely corrupt major city under the Chicago Machine. More history and about one man’s life than a person may imagine.

Please visit my new website: https://www.dontgoquietlypress.com
If a person doesn’t want to use PayPaI, I also have a PO Box & I ship anywhere in America.

Send me a money order with your return and contact info.
I will get your books to you within ten days.
Here’s complete information on how to buy my books:

Vol 1: A Savage Heart and Vol. 2: Fighting Words
My books weigh almost 2 pounds each, with about 525 pages each and there are a total together of 79 stories and story/poems.

Robert M. Katzman
Don’t Go Quietly Press
PO Box 44287
Racine, Wis. 53404-9998                                                                                                                    (262)752-3333, 8AM–7PM

Books cost $29.95 each, plus shipping

For: (1)$3.95; (2)$5.95; (3)$7.95; (4)$8.95 (5)$9.95;(6) $10.95

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Shipping by air to most of Europe, due to the weight of my books is $99.00

I am also for hire if anyone wants me to read my work and answer questions in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. Schools should call me for quantity discounts for 30 or more books. Also: businesses, bookstores, private organizations or churches and so on.

My Fighting Words Publishing Co. four original books, published between 2004 and 2007 are now out-of-print. I still have some left and will periodically offer them for sale on my new website.  My hour-long story reading at WGTD 91.1 NPR Kenosha, Wis is now a podcast. The interview and story can be heard here:

Speaking of Our Words – June 30th, 2017 With special guest star and featured writer Bob Katzman. Bob reads his memoir, “Audrey, Pink Bunny Slippers, Her Cat and the God’s Eye” and talks about his w…   Your comments are welcome, below, and please tell others I can be found here as a writer. I can also be hired as a speaker for organizations, etc, both here and in Europe. Seeking an agent. robertmkatzman@gmail.com Poet & Storyteller for hire for organizations, schools or private events   www.DifferentSlants.com to view recent and older examples of my work

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Comment by Don Larson

January 18, 2019 @ 11:59 am

Hi Bob,

Good story!

When I worked in downtown Chicago in the middle 1980’s to middle 1990’s I often felt much like your described concerning the humungous egress of people.

I would go out at lunch and see the throngs of people flow around me, the taxis honk and move, the bike riders sailing around cars and pedestrians alike.

I knew one day I would leave that experience behind me to live someplace much better and avoid huge crowds of moving people, sometimes them only marking time.

It’s almost 23 years since I left the Chicago area to the San Diego area with my wife. I rarely think of downtown Chicago. Your story today motivated me to comment here.

Thank you.

Warmest regards,


Comment by bruce matteson

January 18, 2019 @ 1:41 pm

one of your best!

Comment by Brad Dechter

January 18, 2019 @ 4:24 pm

Leave the masses for the masses. Give me my couch and either a TV or a book any day! Having a fire roaring helps cement that solitude also. I KNOW I’m alone.
This time we’re on different planets!

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