Magazine article The New Yorker

Granite and Steel

Magazine article The New Yorker

Granite and Steel

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Granite and Steel

Enfranchising cable, silvered by the sea,of woven wire, grayed by the mist,and Liberty dominate the Bay—her feet as one on shattered chains,once whole links wrought by Tyranny.

Caged Circe of steel and stone,her parent German ingenuity.“O catenary curve” from tower to pier,implacable enemy of the mind’s deformity,of man’s uncompunctious greed,his crass love of crass priority,just recentlyobstructing acquiescent feetabout to step ashore when darkness fellwithout a cause,as if probity had not joined our citiesin the sea. …

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