reardon.3. PHOTO: On the Near West Side of Chicago, Patrick T. Reardon stands with his copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology under the Lake Street el tracks which head downtown to Chicago’s unique elevated railroad Loop. Patrick contributed “Inside” to The Great Gatsby Anthology — an erasure poem based on Chapter VI of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. In news stories, in-depth investigations, analyses, essays and books, he has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He has also written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His poems have been published widely. Today, he is writing a history of Chicago’s elevated railroad Loop and researching a history of Chicago. Like Jay Gatsby, he too hears “The drums.” Visit his website: patricktreardon.com.