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Gavin Young Maloney holds the ladder while a worker attaches a banner to the wall with one of his poems on it.

by Dave Warner

Gavin Young Maloney has worked for 35-40 years on his poetry and he now feels that it’s ready for the public to see.

In grand fashion, he has unfurled a large banner with one of his poems on it on the side of a building that he owns at the corner of N Mary and Main St.

Maloney has published a book called The Persistence of Memory and this is one of the ways that he wants to bring attention to his work.

“I’ve been revising, revising, revising and I finally feel like I’m happy with the poems. They’re good enough for me and I wanted to share them with other people,” he said.

He says that he chose to show them here because of his love of the community. “Even though I don’t live here full-time anymore, I thought this would be a great place to show them. I know a lot of people here and thought this would be a good home for them.”

Maloney also had a billboard on Route 5s with one of his poems on it. He’s also having a show at Art Door Gallery in Canal Place, this Saturday at 3 pm.

“The show is going to be live-streamed on Instagram. I’ll be reading some there and I made some really beautiful framed prints of my poems that are 24×36 on silkscreen,” he stated.

He says that he was obsessed with poetry as a child. “I just read everything and it took ahold of me. It’s a way of looking at the world.”

Maloney says that there are a lot of writers in his family and he believes that it was just instilled in him from an early age.

“It’s an obsession really. I’ve probably spent something like 2,000 hours on the poem that’s displayed on the banner. I know it sounds ridiculous, but over 30 years, you just work on it,” he stated.

Maloney said, “I don’t know why I do it, I just have to do it.”

You can find out more about his work by visiting persistmemory.com

Photo by Dave Warner – Elias Saifan leans out of a window after he helped install the banner on the wall.