"It was a pickup. He was twenty-six, and I had just graduated from college. It was 1942. I had gone to visit an aunt in Florida, and I was bored. A friend said, 'There's a concert in Miami City, Yehudi Menuhin playing the violin for Russian war relief.' I used to study the violin, so I said okay, let's go. During intermission I noticed three guys looking at us, but I didn't pay much attention. Then, after the concert, one of these guys offered us a seat on the bus, and started talking to us. He seemed to talk in free verse, and I was thinking, oh, God, poetry. I had enough of that already, in college."
1. Entire quote from Bella Abzug, "Martin, What Should I Do Now?" Ms. July-Aug. 1990: 94.