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Description: Rockford, Ill.

J.H. Denison

Editorial room of the Milwaukee Journal

Probably the Black River at Black River Falls

Children taug...

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Description: Even the slow, dry, hungry engines,
digging
what would be the best of times,
cannot help but leave behind them
a restlessness unchanging as bef...

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Description: The log who was made King of Logs is here entombed
eight round, ten long

For his design, the strengthened forest
capriciously outgrew them all...

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Description: As a sporting proposition of gaiety infused with taxes
no modern culture could survive
without a touch of France

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Description: New land cut out by real imaginary lines
based in older spirit courses
lay and bedrock, flight of birds and pointed feet

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Description: The world is flat; we get around
this stretched credulity
by going straight as an arrow
and meeting ourselves in a space of time

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Description: If we could look forward? If they could have looked forward?
at what kind of life
along what kind of dotted lines?

At the top of the stairs, t...

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Description: Native buildings, hardly noticed in the tapestry,
long as a house of indeterminates
full of ladders unexplained

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Description: Lightning cleared the air, that we could see
just how deep the rootland lay
Far below the wished for, but not beyond the Will

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Description: Far out

The last report on peace to reach us here
was neither a promise nor easy Faith

but the hardest of all, the waiting for never
an...

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Description: A child could count in rounded numbers
the Christmas chance of pudding from the sky

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Description: Either way, the sides are bridged,
from wine to water, cutting back to wine

Paradoxical appointments, anticipated hour —

No one event can...

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Description: Put aside anything so futile

All that fermented time
spent and blackened, much obscured,
is now restored with cheese and wine

Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 33-46

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Description: The Little Bluebirds — has anyone expressed it better
than Judy Garland singing
. . . why, oh why, can't I

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Description: Dearest Daughter,

The year is flown.
We can't compete and we stand alone

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Description: That cottage all with melting roses —

It was such fun to think ahead of it,
to condition all that air with smokesuds
and pick the mud out of o...

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Description: Exercise the body to work off the weight of mind,
of pushing uphill
a month-long night of doom.

A better foot is leavened
from the bottom o...

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Description: The Winter was a legacy of crusted weights
now melted with the Passing of the Snow
so closed and callous differences can soften
to the hope for co...

Historical Object

Album Page with Valentine

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: An album page featuring a die cut, chromolithograph Valentine's Day card in the shape of an arrow. The greeting "To My Sweetheart" is printed on the card,...

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Description: Each little world has its private Atlas
working his ethic in longhand
toward the stage set for the point of No Return

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