Thursday, June 23, 2005

"Mad extravagant city!"


Ever since I made that comment about putting poetry on public structures, I've been encountering it all over town. I came across another one from Walt Whitman (a favorite for waterfront locations, it would seem) this evening. It's located right outside the Winter Garden in Battery Park City, and it's from Whitman's "City of Ships."
City of the world! (for all races are here; / All the lands of the earth make contributions here;) / City of the sea! city of hurried and glittering tides! / City whose gleeful tides continually rush or recede, whirling in and out, with eddies and foam! / City of wharves and stores! city of tall fa├žades of marble and iron! / Proud and passionate city! mettlesome, mad, extravagant city!

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