Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On Ruins

When I drive through Camden...I am...overwhelmed of course by the horror: empty fields where there were once factories and houses, empty streets where there were once people, nonexistent stores, boarded-up schools, broken glass. It would be, probably, false apocalyptic writing and fake redemption to make something positive out of that. I may have, earlier, been more than a little addicted to the heavenly nature of ruins. I am more inclined now to see them for what they are: the consequences of human greed, indifference, and stupidity.

   —Gerald Stern, "The Devotion of a Mourner," A God in the House: Poets Talk about Faith

More photos of the Pleasant Street factory here.

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