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}

{Header image is a detail from Georges de Feure’s design for Octave Uzanne’s 1897 New Year’s Greeting Card, downloaded from the Rijksmuseum}



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