The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2012

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SEPT 2012 Issue

MARSDEN HARTLEY Soliloquy in Dogtown

On View
Cape Ann Museum
June 9 – October 14, 2012
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Marsden Hartley, “In the Moraine, Dogtown Common, Cape Ann” (1931). Oil on academy board. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; University purchase. Inscribed on verso: Teach us to care and not to care / Teach us to sit still / Even among these rocks / T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday.

clouds over land
land filled form
flows floods scratches
Boulder and Brake
be less reactive, at
one’s pace, sinews,
flows, node, scratch,
idea on paper, details,
loop, move out to only
shadow, gentle freak
dark is lush, clouds
streams or fish, suave
rocks, stem
obstacle, serene
sweep, burn,
green, green, grey,
testing, boundary,
energy flush

27 Pleasant St. // Gloucester, MA


Vincent Katz

Vincent Katz is the author of the poetry collections Southness (2016) and Swimming Home (2015) and of the book of translations The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (2004). His next book of poems, Broadway for Paul, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2020.


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SEPT 2012

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