{Header image is a detail from Félix Vallotton’s design for the book jacket for Badauderies parisiennes – Les Rassemblements, physiologies de la rue, 1896, downloaded from the National gallery of Art}


This vast inelegance may seem the blankest desolation,
Beginning of a green Cockaigne to be, disliked, abandoned,

In which the bliss of clouds is mark of an intended meeting
Between the matin air and color, goldenest generating,

Soother and lustier than this vexed, autumnal exhalation,
So sullen with sighing and surrender to marauding ennui.

{ Wallace Stevens, 1921}

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