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His message is delivered - in a new book

His message is delivered - in a new book

By Lynsey Johnson

New York Daily News, October 2, 2007

Kurt Boone makes a living delivering other people's packages, but his passion is conveying his own well-crafted messages.

This dual identity makes this Queens man a rarity. At 47 years old, he's one of the oldest foot messengers in the city. And once again, he has written about his adventures in a new book, "On The Subway."

The book, his fourth, is a collection of poems that reflect on the everyday happenings and people he encounters while on the job.

"Usually you get in and get out of the messenger business, but I'm good at it and I get to write at the same time," said Boone, who lives in Cambria Heights. He worked a variety of jobs - including as a film distributor - before settling in as a messenger.

"I've been doing this for almost 13years," said Boone, who classified himself as a "metro" - a courier who rides the subway for package pickups and deliveries.

Boone grew up in Queens and got his degree in business management from Los Angeles City College. He started working as a messenger in college to make ends meet so that he could concentrate on writing.

By his own estimates, he rides 20 subway lines a week and walks up to 7 miles a day, rain or shine.

"Messengers are under contract to get a package to its destination in under 60 minutes," he explained. "You just have to block out the weather."

But dealing with heat or cold, train delays or rich snobs hasn't jaded him. It has just given him more fodder for his craft.

Entries in his new book, to be published in November, describe being shoved constantly on his way to work in Manhattan, getting fatigued from working the bitter cold, noticing the trend of babies in strollers wearing Air Jordan sneakers, and taking the 7 train into Queens and ending up in a mini-United Nations.

"I'm a current events writer. I write [about] what happens around me," said Boone, who often composes poems as he rides the trains.

Boone, who hopes to retire as a messenger after he publishes his fifth book - a memoir titled "Asphalt Warrior" - in March, wants time for other projects, such as creating a clothing line dubbed Messenger 841, his dispatch name. He also hopes to get to work a little differently than he usually does.

"I would love to drive to work. I would be more than happy to do that than take the train," Boone said.




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