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Court of First Model Tenement House in New York, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

This Week’s PairedBerenice Abbott + Maya Angelou

Awaking in New York

Curtains forcing their will  
against the wind,
children sleep,
exchanging dreams with  
seraphim. The city
drags itself awake on  
subway straps; and
I, an alarm, awake as a  
rumor of war,
lie stretching into dawn,  
unasked and unheeded.

Maya Angelou

Rincon Artificial Island and Pipeline, Ventura, California by Ian Baguskas

This Week’s Paired: Ian Baguskas + Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream Within a Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Edgar Allan Poe

B Side #6 by Rubi Lebovitch

This Week’s Paired: Rubi Lebovitch + Robert Winner

Land’s End

Surviving in its fragile skin,
a white egret rises
from the gulf of its strength.
I want the lightest needle of a pine
to fall on my hand,
a pine with ravaged limbs.

I’d stare through salt-blind eyes
at a remote fragile sea.   I’d roar.
I’d make the skeleton of grief.
I’d roar like you, unreconciled sea.

Robert Winner

20x200 artist Mark Marchesi just self-published a small softcover edition of local work around Portland, Maine titled Greater Portland Volume I. The book was the culmination of about three years of work, with the final year being the most intense following a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Check it out his two 20x200 editions here.