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Veronica Hassell ~ Gracelands

This was one of a set of seven images entitled “Gracelands, Chapter 1,” sent in by Veronica. Haunting. The imposition of the prairie and cloudy sky in the mirror on the chair a masterstroke.

The Desolate Field

Vast and grey, the sky
is a simulacrum
to all but him whose days
are vast and grey and—
In the tall, dried grasses
a goat stirs
with nozzle searching the ground.
My head is in the air
but who am I . . . ?
—and my heart stops amazed
at the thought of love
vast and grey
yearning silently over me.

—William Carlos Williams

Our Town by Aaron Copland