Algonquin Round Table



For a decade before the Great Depression

They daily met for their luncheon session

The writers of wit and actors of acclaim

All recognized names, a menagerie of fame


The wisecracks became fodder for columnists

A national platform for critic and satirists

And as the Rose Room filled with their laughter

They found the pearls that they had been after


Dorothy with her poetry and razor-sharp wit

Harpo makes a joke and Noël laughs at it

Irving hums a tune and looks for the words

As Edmund catapults their fame in caricature


Jane fights hard, calling on all the feminists left

Deems scrawls another symphony upon the clef

The stars of film gracious beam and smile

Heywood and Ruth conspire all the while


For one night only in April of twenty-two

They worked together in a touring review

“No Sirree!” played out their theatrical tryst

They should have stuck to being novelists


These creative minds in touch with their times

A Vicious Circle that wrote between the lines

Much that was good and more that was fable

Are watermarks left on Algonquin Round Table




23 Responses to “Algonquin Round Table”
  1. PRASHANT JAIN says:


  2. That was beautiful!!! Reminds me of a song in my native language. Could connect with the emotion very much. Nicely written

  3. beth says:

    I have always been fascinated by this group of creatives and this setting. With your poem, you’ve done it all beautiful justice.

  4. yassy says:

    Witty , clever , you are so good with words , creativity and imagination.. love this. I also learnt a new word..

  5. kristianw84 says:

    I love your ability to weave history into your poetry. It’s like taking a step back in time with each line. The flow is beautiful and I love how the end connects back to the beginning. Beautifully done, my friend!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you! You know how much that means to me. I do enjoy weaving a bit of history, but I was afraid this would be to archaic a reference. Good to know it connects. Much love, as always! ❤

  6. Jim Borden says:

    I had never heard of this group, so I just spent ten minutes on Wikipedia reading about them. What a fascinating group – and your post is just as informative, and more enjoyable to read, than the Wiki article. A new genre for you – historical poetry! Well done, Brad!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Not so new, Jim. Hit my archives for “Gettysburg” and “Maiden Voyage”. But I do appreciate your kind words about this one, plus I again get to enjoy teaching the teacher on an occasion. I had heard the reference often but not known the history, so it was just as informative for me to write. It must have been a heady era of art and writing. Thank you, my friend!

  7. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Love it! This is a fantastic poem! Witty, bright, rhythmic and full of the characters so New York! The Algonquin and their famous clock…where people meet…Great work Brad!
    All the best and have a lovely week my friend!

  8. This is a poetry on a carefully researched history, so Brad you are not just about beautiful words, you tell story, stories in such a poetic flow which otherwise would have been too mundane to read, what a representation of the vicious circle, great work 😊

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Vinayak! I do love to weave some history into a verse when possible. So glad you enjoyed it! It is good to see you back and writing. I missed your compositions and expansive thought. Be well!

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