Marty was born in what was then called The West Bronx. He claims to be 123 years old, says he’s always been that age. He had some poems (“pieces” he calls them) published around 1970 in THE WILLY, perhaps the best San Francisco mimeographed magazine of that golden age of mimeos. He wrote only sporadically for decades afterwards, choosing instead to expend and replenish his energies teaching young people in several different schools, mostly in Manhattan. In the last five years he has gone back to writing. OBLIVIOUS TO SHAPES contains “pieces” in verse and a few in prose. Also available are Marty’s PERHAPS A RIDDLE, containing additional works in verse and prose, and his STRAWBERRY GETS IN MY TEETH, a book of short narratives. In the near future, two of his plays, CAN TIMMY COME OUT AND PLAY? and ARK will also be available. Marty is no longer teaching. In addition to writing and reading and spending time with friends, he now hangs out in coffee shops and parks where he passively/actively observes the comings and goings of strangers, many of whom appear in his writings.