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Friday, 24 September 2010

Recession


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Washington, D.C.: photographer unknown, US Housing Authority, 1933 (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)




Receding back into the shaded

and checkered light of day




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Chicago, South Side, under the "El': photographer unknown, US Housing Authority, 1933 (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

4 comments:

curtisroberts said...

Receding up one street and down another. This is a sad little gem. (Actually, with two remarkable photographs and two lines of poetry it's not so little.) It's fascinating how Washington DC and Chicago both look like villages, not cities.

TC said...

It was the light and shade in the two photos that placed them together for me. There is indeed a "village" quality to poverty, in the global and historical sense.

aditya said...

Wonderful poem.

Yes Tom. What you assert is such a grave truth. Villages are now supposed to be poor. Cities, is where the wealth resides albeit shielded by massive glass screens which reflect off the vanity poverty breathes never to stop breathing.

TC said...

Aditya,

Those few sentences of yours, like these two photos, provide a capture of the times.