curio cabinet Heartache & Wonder, Joy & Drink The Poetic Scribbling of Everette Maddox Everette Maddox, Maple Leaf Bar, 1988, photographer Hank Staples Put a hand over your shirt pocket. Can you feel that? That's your heart doing that. That's your heart laughing at the language. The language wants to love you: let it. Everette Maddox In New Orleans there are numerous places of literary interest: the attic apartment on Toulouse Street where Tennessee Williams struggled with The Glass Menagerie; the Hotel Monteleone, a lovely Beaux-Arts structure where Truman Capote claimed he was born because his mother stayed there so often; and the cobbled streets of Pirate's Alley, where, in a ground-floor room of a yellow four-story house, William Faulkner drank bathtub gin and turned out his first novel, Soldiers' Pay. When New Orleanians want to share something special, they offer up tales of Everette Maddox, denizen of the Quarter and bard of the Maple Leaf Bar. It was there that Maddox became the town's unofficial poet laureate. His ashes are buried in the bar's patio, marked by a small tombstone that reads, "He Was A Mess." Maddox practically took up residence in the Maple Leaf, writing his
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 9, 2014
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