Tennessee -- near Nashville, September 1972
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, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.
It took dominion every where.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.
Wallace Stevens: Anecdote of the Jar, written in Elizabethton, Tennessee, 1918, from Harmonium (1921)
Traffic on Highway 25 exit off of Interstate 65, Nashville, Tennessee, September 1972
Near Pittsburg, Tennessee, September 1972
Visual pollution along Interstate 24, Pittsburg, Tennessee, September 1972
Visual pollution, South Pittsburg, Tennessee, September 1972
Visual pollution along Interstate 24, South Pittsburg, Tennessee: photo by William Strode, September 1972
Photos by William Hall "Bill" Strode (b. Louisville, Kentucky 5 August 1937, d. Versailles, Kentucky 15 May 2006) for the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUMERICA Project (U.S. National Archives)