#showertune: ‘brooklyn is burning’ by head automatica

today marks the 127th anniversary of the opening of one of the wonders of modern architecture, the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge.

the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge, it was designed and its construction overseen by John A. Roebling and (after his death) his daughter-in-law Emily Warren Roebling and has carried drivers, cyclists and pedestrians from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back and vice-versa ever since the 24th of May 1883.

 as for a #showertune to celebrate the bridge, how about Brooklyn is Burning by Head Automatica?



And Thee, across the harbor, silver-paced
As though the sun took step of thee, yet left
Some motion ever unspent in thy stride,—
Implicitly thy freedom staying thee!

Out of some subway scuttle, cell or loft
A bedlamite speeds to thy parapets,
Tilting there momently, shrill shirt ballooning,
A jest falls from the speechless caravan.

Down Wall, from girder into street noon leaks,
A rip-tooth of the sky’s acetylene;
All afternoon the cloud-flown derricks turn . . .
Thy cables breathe the North Atlantic still.

(from The Bridge by Harold Hart Crane)


p.s. to see some of my photographs of and from the Brooklyn Bridge (among other things) click on ‘peep my snaps’ in the sidebar.

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