The great Manhattan photographers Walker Evans and Rudy Burckhardt rode New York’s subways with hidden cameras in the era of straphangers producing a group portrait of their fellow riders. The poems of Michael O’Brien and Joan Farber’s pencil drawings create a portrait of riders in these MTA times when every car has a voice warning, “Stand clear of the closing doors, please.”
This pocket size book is perfect for subway travel.
Mass Transit is O’Brien and Farber’s second collaboration. In 2000 At Schoodic: Poems and Drawings appeared from Cairn Editions.
See some of Joan Farber’s work here.” Michael O’Brien has published fifteen books and pamphlets. Avenue (Flood Editions) is the most recent. In 2000 Zoland Books published Sills: Selected Poems 1960–1999. The Wicki article on O’Brien will tell you more.