Building the Dam Story

At the end, if there is success, one wonders how. Through this wonder one discovers the story. This blog is dedicated to that discovery.

Monday, July 12, 2010

1. Art and poetry 1930s

THE VENTILATOR, Arthur Osver, American (b. 1912), oil on Masonite

In the 1930s, American art took a unique point of view independent of European themes but rather the social concerns and aspects of traditional American life.

As a poet, William Carlos Williams escaped the disadvantages and hardships many of his peers succumbed to. He was a medical doctor by profession, and also a man with poetry to heal a people of his time and a beacon for those who look to his words still.

A Sort of a Song

Let the snake wait under
his weed
and the writing
be of words, slow and quick, sharp
to strike, quiet to wait,
-- through metaphor to reconcile
the people and the stones.
Compose. (No ideas
but in things) Invent!
Saxifrage is my flower that splits
the rocks.

William Carlos Williams