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Saturday, 19 April 2014

William Carlos Williams: By the road to the contagious hospital


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Untitled (Newark): photo by Joshua Perez (StrangeGoodness), 14 April 2014


By the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast -- a cold wind. Beyond, the
waste of broad, muddy fields
brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen

patches of standing water
the scattering of tall trees

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines --

Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches --

They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind --

Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf
One by one objects are defined --
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

But now the stark dignity of
entrance -- Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they
grip down and begin to awaken



William Carlos Williams (b. Rutherford, New Jersey, 17 September 1883, d. Rutherford, New Jersey, 4 March 1963): By the road to the contagious hospital, from Spring & All, 1923




Untitled (Newark): photo by Joshua Perez (StrangeGoodness), 7 April 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

Woman in the Window


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  Madonna of the Broken Glass (Lowell, Massachusetts): photo by Jim Rohan, 10 November 2010


The ghostly Madonna in the thriftshop window looked down at us
in compassion and with sorrow through shattered glass
without seeing us

from which wrecked perspective ships had been launched
while Joseph was off in the shed puttering
with those damned tools of his again




  Tax Shelter (Stoneham, Massachusetts): photo by Jim Rohan, 8 December 2010
 

  Face (Wakefield, Massachusetts): photo by Jim Rohan, 17 June 2010
 

  Nativity (Stoneham, Massachusetts): photo by Jim Rohan, 26 February 2011
 

  Window dressing (Gloucester, Massachusetts): photo by Jim Rohan, 16 May 2012


  Tarot (South Boston, Massachusetts): photo by Jim Rohan, 27 January 2011
 

  Liberty #2 (Stoneham, Massachusetts): photo by Jim Rohan, 31 December 2012
 


Bananas (New York City). Ok. So it's corn. But I'm going bananas here today. :): photo by Jim Rohan, 19 April 2013

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Soft Parade


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Spectators, St Patrick-St Joseph-Isleno Parade, St Bernard Parish, Chalmette, Louisiana: photo by Chuck Patch, 15 April 2007


Spectators, St Patrick-St Joseph-Isleno Parade, St Bernard Parish, Chalmette, Louisiana: photo by Chuck Patch, 15 April 2007



Spectators, Mayor's Christmas Parade, Hampden (Baltimore): photo by Chuck Patch, 2012, posted 5 February 2013
 

Jackson Square, New Orleans: photo by Chuck Patch, July 2006
 

Otakon Anime Conference, Baltimore: photo by Chuck Patch, 31 July 2010
 


Times Square, New York: photo by Chuck Patch, 26 August 2011



French Quarter, New Orleans, Mardi Gras: photo by Chuck Patch,
posted 30 November 2006



French Quarter, New Orleans, Mardi Gras: photo by Chuck Patch,
8 December 2007



Supergirl, Mayor's Christmas Parade, Baltimore: photo by Chuck Patch, 30 November 2008



Support hose, New Orleans p.r. show, Mardi Gras: photo by Chuck Patch,
28 February 2006



Crewe of Cork Parade, New Orleans, Mardi Gras: photo by Chuck Patch,
8 December 2007



Mother and daughter, French Quarter, New Orleans: photo by Chuck Patch,
18 May 2007



 
French Quarter, New Orleans, lunchtime: photo by Chuck Patch,
April 2005



Union Station, Washington, D.C., evening commute: photo by Chuck Patch, 27 May 2009




Pelham Park, Bronx, New York: photo by Chuck Patch, October 2009
 

Sleeping tourists, mall, Washington, D.C.: photo by Chuck Patch, June 2007