Monday, September 14, 2009

Quotes: Wallace Stevens

"Quotes" will be another daily feature on Art Caravan.  They may be directly related to art, or they may be a poem or song or some other thing that is indirectly related to art but inspiring nonetheless.  For example, today's quote is a poem from the poet Wallace Stevens. This poem was shared with my Painting 1 class freshman year of college by our teacher, the Baltimore-based painter Timothy App.  From what I remember Timothy telling us, Wallace Stevens himself was an artist as well, and many of his poems relate to the process of art-making.  I am sure his poems mean many things to many different people, but I too saw the way Stevens' poems related to painting and art-making, and find his writing very beautiful!  Please feel free to comment on what any quote I post up here means to you!- I would love to know if you think this poem relates to painting and art-making, and if you think it does, how so?

Anecdote of the Jar:

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around it, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion everywhere.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

-Wallace Stevens

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