In Providence….

In our last post we mentioned that poet Robert Creeley, who will be making an appearance in the fall poetry course, Less is More, once wrote on Arnold Street. In the same spirit, here’s an excerpt from Providence-based writer Rosmarie Waldrop’s Lawn of Excluded Middle. Writers in the Hybrid Writing course will be reading more of Waldrop’s work.

In Providence, you can encounter extinct species, an equestrian statue, say, left hoof raised in progress toward the memory of tourists. Caught in its career of immobility, but with surface intact, waiting to prove that it can resist the attack of eyes even though dampened by real weather, even though historical atmosphere is mixed with exhaust like etymology with the use of a word or bone with sentence structure. No wonder we find it difficult to know our way about and tend to stay indoors.

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