Letter to N.Y. (for Louise Craine)
In your next letter I wish you’d say
where you are going and what you are doing;
how are the plays, and after the plays
what other pleasures you’re pursuing:
taking cabs in the middle of the night,
driving as if to save your soul
where the road goes round and round the park
and the meter glares like a moral owl,
and the trees look so queer and green
standing alone in big black caves
and suddenly you’re in a different place
where everything seems to happen in waves,
and most of the jokes you just can’t catch,
like dirty words rubbed off a slate,
and the songs are loud but somehow dim
and it gets so terribly late,
and coming out of the brownstone house
to the gray sidewalk, the watered street,
one side of the buildings rises with the sun
like a glistening field of wheat.
—Wheat, not oats, dear. I’m afraid
if it’s wheat it’s none of your sowing,
nevertheless I’d like to know
what you are doing and where you are going.
"Letter to N.Y.," Elizabeth Bishop, from North and South, 1946
Afro-Chic (video still), Carrie Mae Weems, 2010
Nick Hughes, from “100 Days in Rwanda,” On the Media, April 11, 2014
antelope valley swap meet. june 2013.
Woman in Water, Katherine Bradford, 1998 - 99
Johannes Itten, from Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus, 1964. Diagram from 1923.
lostinvunderland: Black Circle, Wassily Kandinsky (1924)
Highway #1, Edward Burtynsky, 2003, from the series Oil