Amanda Deutch

Reveal Your Character

She Speaks Seven Languages faded in green brush
strokes along the door jambs and casing of the
old Mangels shooting gallery from a time before
when a palm reader, Theresa, occupied the space
gave fortunes and futures. Your Hand Writing
Reveals Your Character. The balloon man turns
the corner on Surf Avenue, walks toward water
passes scramblers, Go-Carts, the Bumblebee ride
batting cages, chain link fences, walks up the ramp
to the boardwalk and disappears in Coney Island

See Variety
While watching Bette Gordon’s film Variety 

neon lit marquis
free standing booth
1980’s nyc


reflection to reflection
admission $200
24 Hours

Times Square
electric flamingos
greyhound busses

“That guy took his
mother to Coney Island
& left her on the
Cyclone for 30 years”

Amanda Deutch

Amanda Deutch was born and raised in New York City. Her poetry has been published in The New York Times, Oversound, The Rumpus, Cimarron Review, 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center, Denver Quarterly, and many other journals and magazines. She is the author of several poetry chapbooks, most recently, Bodega Night Pigeon Riot (above/ground press, 2020) and Surf Avenue and 29th Street Coney Island (Least Weasel Press, 2018). A six-time awardee of a Community Arts Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, she has been a writer-in-residence at The Betsy Hotel (Miami, Florida) and Footpaths to Creativity (Azores, Portugal). Her poems have been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize. Deutch lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a Library Specialist and is the Executive Director of Parachute Literary Arts. More online at