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a symbol for the century

a symbol for the century - Portside Power Plant*
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Our historic imagination is at best slightly developed. We generalise and idealise the past egregiously. We set up little toys to stand as symbols for centuries and the complicated lives of countless individuals.

~John Dewey, Characters and Events

Portside Power Plant (a pseudonym), 2009. Photograph by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America

Also in: Portside Power Plant*

a certain kind of emptiness
echoes from the life behind
rendered drab by the shadows of time
of forms assembled in the light
locked from the inside
counterpoint to our fundamental failures
the trail of the past
in things continually vanishing
hard to say
what i wanted