By day, Silverman has operated a corner candy store in his Bayonne, NJ, neighborhood for 34 years, but by night he is a jazz/Beat poet and a prominent fixture on the New York City reading circuit. These selected poems bring together 40 years of keen vision, wry humor, and bardic song work that is sharp, smart, and entertaining. Many of these poems are about Silverman's more famous friends. On Gregory Corso: "O blessed poet O drifter/ O romantic croupier spinning your poems on the poetry wheel/ While singing odes to Jersey toads in retrospect." On Jack Kerouac: "got the Sad Jack Kerouac Buddha Blues/ I've got the October bare tree blues/ the November bare tree blues." But it is not only the famous that populate Silverman's poems. They are full of the life of the streets, scenes that reoccur every day but that suddenly take on a glow in Silverman's poetry. But Silverman is about rhythm and cadence; his poems are living, dancing, screaming songs. A good addition to inclusive poetry collections, especially in the New York/New Jersey area. Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.