Toulouse Street, 70119 United States Minor Outlying Islands
A maple leaf blows
Across the cool Fall asphalt–
Fixed to make it singular and a better (more particular, i.e. specific) haiku.
time you got here...
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Toulouse Street began as a memoir of place, subtitled Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans, an attempt to capture "the savor of the genie-soul of the place which every place has or is not a place,"* Leopold Bloom crossing Royal Street.
Over time is has grown in strange ways. It is, to borrow novelist Tim O'Brien's line: A Fiction. It is loosely based on the life of a man of late middle age racing frantically towards and away from death. Any apparently auto-biographical bits are about "me", The Typist, in the sense that the ringing of wind chimes is about the weather.
Any resemblance to persons living or dead is chronologically orthogonal.
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* Walker Percy, The Movie Goer
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