jolie laide

jolie laide

I started this when I lived in Brooklyn and struggled for grace in a city that grants moments of beauty and ugliness breathtakingly close to one another. Now I live in a place where things are a different kind of ugly and the beauty is pedestrian. I struggle with that.

8.07.2006

a ten mile run and afterwards, stretching at the bus stop my head is upside down and I am looking down the street at the Empire State Building in the distance, sepia in the smog, the one vague blurry light on top, and it reminds me of you.

4 Comments:

Blogger remue-menage said...

the Empire State Building & the Chrysler Building have the same effect on me --------------->

it's architecture as transportation - I'm vaulted back to the 40's - a simpler time, a simpler city

the age of my grandparents - who themselves are fading, but their architecture remains as testament to their aspirations

3:08 AM  
Blogger ttractor said...

I know why we stopped building things with such lyricism, I wish we hadn't though. I have some hope for the new arts library in Brooklyn, but it won't be so monumental and iconic. I wonder, did the designers of those buildings know they were creating gorgeous classics?

7:55 AM  
Blogger Dr. S said...

you were thinking of me? of me? hooray!

7:35 PM  
Blogger ttractor said...

of course I was thinking of you! and wishing you would read me your poetry!

11:23 AM  

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